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 Peace||p. 3|
|National Security and the Nuclear-Test Ban||p. 29|
|The Arms Race and the Fallacy of the Last Move||p. 44|
|A Personal View of the Arms Race||p. 48|
|Military Technology and National Security||p. 58|
|Arms-Limitation Strategies||p. 83|
|Thinking about the Arms Race||p. 96|
|Origins of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory||p. 113|
|Debate Over the Hydrogen Bomb||p. 127|
|Eisenhower's Other Warning||p. 144|
|Negotiating and the U.S. Bureaucracy||p. 151|
|Comprehensive Test-Ban Negotiations||p. 161|
|Strategic Reconnaissance||p. 203|
|Nuclear Deterrence and the Military Uses of Space||p. 221|
|Why SDI?||p. 235|
|Minimum Deterrence||p. 273|
|Nuclear Arms Race: Past, Present, and Future||p. 278|
|About the Author||p. 295|
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Series: MASTERS OF MODERN PHYSICS
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