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Britain and the H-Bomb - L. Arnold

Britain and the H-Bomb

By: L. Arnold

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This book, written with unique access to official archives, tells the secret story of Britain's H-bomb - the scientific and strategic background, the government's policy decision, the work of the remarkable men who created the bomb, the four weapon trials at a remote Pacific atoll in 1957-58, and the historic consequences.

'Lorna Arnold...is particulary successful in making the scientific issues of the nuclear project accessible to non-technical readers such as students in history, international relations and politics and she provides a highly informative account of a very important phase in Britain's nuclear history.' - Dan Keohane, Keele University

'...an excellent book that sheds needed light on the world's third thermonuclear power.' - Jack M. Holl, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

'Britain and the H-Bomb tells the tale of the men who developed Britain's thermonuclear device through the drama of the tests in the Pacific. It does so with clarity and skill.' - Stuart Croft, Nature

'Britain and the H-Bomb is a valuable contribution to the history of the arms race, and deserves a wide readership.' - Peter Gissing, University of Sydney

List of Platesp. ix
Forewordp. x
Prefacep. xi
Setting the Agenda
Stellar forcesp. 1
The first superbomb project--the United Statesp. 6
The second superbomb project--the Soviet Unionp. 23
Britain and the Thermonuclear Question
What must Britain do?p. 33
A general instruction from the governmentp. 58
Britain's Response
Aldermaston and the weaponeersp. 69
The megaton missionp. 84
Captain Cook's coral islandp. 95
Racing against timep. 108
The Pacific Trials
The first trial--Grapplep. 129
'We shall have to do it all again'--Grapple Xp. 151
Britain's biggest explosion--Grapple Yp. 165
Mission accomplished--Grapple Zp. 176
A Special Nuclear Relationship
The great prizep. 193
Some questions and answersp. 221
Appendices
Technical notep. 229
Summary of weapon tests, 1945-58p. 234
The history of British RandD on atomic weaponsp. 237
Health and safety aspects of weapon trialsp. 240
A 1985 claimp. 244
Notes and Referencesp. 247
Select Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780333947425
ISBN-10: 0333947428
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 273
Published: 27th March 2001
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1