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Author Williams, Hill, 1926-

Title Made in Hanford : the bomb that changed the world / Hill Williams

Publ Info Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, [2011]
 RWU Main Library  QC773.3.U5 W55 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xvi, 190 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-184) and index
Contents The Arrival. Secrecy ; The neutron : a new tool ; Minds that shaped history -- The Science. Developing fission ; Element 94 ; Chain reaction ; Continuing secrecy -- The Engineering. B reactor ; Consequences of nuclear reactions ; The bomb -- The Aftermath. From Japan to Bikini and Enewetak ; Lasting effects -- After the bomb -- Concerned scientists, the Franck Report
Note On the eve of World War II, news of an astonishing breakthrough filtered out of Germany. Scientists there had split uranium atoms. Physicists in the United States scrambled to verify results and further investigate this new science. Ominously, they soon recognized its potential to fuel the ultimate weapon, one able to release the energy of an uncontrolled chain reaction. With growing fears that the Nazis were on the verge of harnessing nuclear power, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gambled on a project to research and produce uranium for military use. By 1941, experiments led to the identification of plutonium, but laboratory work generated the new element in amounts far too small to be useful. Large-scale manufacture would be required. In 1942, a small plane carrying Lt. Col. Franklin T. Matthias and two DuPont engineers flew over three farming communities in eastern Washington. The passengers agreed. Isolated and near the powerful Columbia River, the region was the ideal site for the world's first plutonium factory. Two years later, built with a speed and secrecy unheard of today, the facility was operational. The plutonium it produced fueled the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, and others tested on the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls, profoundly altering many lives. Through clear scientific explanations and personal reminiscences, the author traces the amazing but also tragic story of the plutonium bomb from the dawn of nuclear science through World War II and Cold War testing in the Marshall Islands
LC subject Atomic bomb -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Plutonium industry -- Washington (State) -- Hanford -- History -- 20th century
Hanford (Wash.) -- History -- 20th century
Williams, Hill, 1926-
Pasco (Wash.) -- Biography
Pasco (Wash.) -- History -- 20th century
Atomic bomb -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century
Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century
Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Environmental aspects -- History -- 20th century
ISBN 9780874223071 (alk. paper)
0874223075 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40019509045