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Arms and the Physicist : MASTERS OF MODERN PHYSICS - Herbert F. York

Arms and the Physicist


Hardcover Published: 7th May 1997
ISBN: 9781563960994
Number Of Pages: 295

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From the very start, at the age of twenty-one, Herbert F. York was swept into the century's most daring and dangerous technical achievement, the making of the atomic bomb. Throughout his fifty-year career as scientist and statesman, York has been there - at the center of this formidable and fractious era.
His is not a dispassionate scholar's treatise, nor is it a reporter's story clipped from the files. Instead, this is a charged, eye-witness documentary, told in the first person by a principal actor.
York takes us backstage to witness key events of our time: to the Manhattan Project for the birth of the atomic bomb; to Lawrence Livermore where the H-bomb was built; to Washington to eavesdrop on how post-war history was being forged; and to Geneva where he tried to stem the madness.
Along the way, you'll meet some of our greatest heros and villains - Lawrence, Oppenheimer, Weisskopf, Teller, General Groves, President Eisenhower, and a cast of hundreds - friends, colleagues, enemies, who for more than half a century, held the fate of the world in their hands.

About the Series
Making Weapons, Talking Peacep. 3
National Security and the Nuclear-Test Banp. 29
The Arms Race and the Fallacy of the Last Movep. 44
A Personal View of the Arms Racep. 48
Military Technology and National Securityp. 58
Arms-Limitation Strategiesp. 83
Thinking about the Arms Racep. 96
Origins of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratoryp. 113
Debate Over the Hydrogen Bombp. 127
Eisenhower's Other Warningp. 144
Negotiating and the U.S. Bureaucracyp. 151
Comprehensive Test-Ban Negotiationsp. 161
Strategic Reconnaissancep. 203
Nuclear Deterrence and the Military Uses of Spacep. 221
Why SDI?p. 235
Minimum Deterrencep. 273
Nuclear Arms Race: Past, Present, and Futurep. 278
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Indexp. 291
About the Authorp. 295
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ISBN: 9781563960994
ISBN-10: 1563960990
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 295
Published: 7th May 1997
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61