Amir D. Aczel
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Amir D. Aczel's book Uranium Wars: The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age. Uranium, a nondescript element when found in nature, in the past century has become more sought after than gold. Its nucleus is so heavy that it is highly unstable and radioactive. If broken apart, it unleashes the tremendous power within the atom—the most controversial type of energy ever discovered.
“A fascinating examination of the events, the personalities, and the science that have led to the atomic bomb. A very timely book at an era in which nuclear proliferation has become a real danger.” -- Mario Livio, best-selling author of Is God A Mathematician?
"A concise and cogent review of one of the most exhilarating, yet fearsome, eras in the history of scientific discovery. Aczel sharply profiles the brilliant--and often conflicted--men and women who led us into the nuclear age." -- Marcia Bartusiak, author of Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
"Amir Aczel skillfully and lucidly traces the twists and turns of uranium: a once obscure metal that became, through chance discoveries and a string of intricate decisions, the chief character of one of the central political, military, and scientific developments of the twentieth century. Rarely has the story of nuclear fission been told in so clear and riveting a fashion.” -- Michael D. Gordin author of Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War
“Uranium Wars is a fascinating story of discovery, intrigue, clash of egos, spying, and international conflict. Aczel tells this amazing story in a racy and accessible style - with authority but lightness-of-touch to hold the reader spell-bound.” --David Clark, author of Newton's Tyranny