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Uranium Wars

The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age

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Amir D. Aczel

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Called “one of our best science popularizers” by Publishers Weekly, Amir Aczel now tackles the cause of one of last century’s most destructive events -- the scientific discovery of nuclear power. Drawing on his rich storytelling skills, Aczel presents the fascinating and suspenseful story of the scientists who first uncovered the potential of uranium. Uranium Wars takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of 1920s Europe where the scientific elite of the day were embroiled in a fierce rivalry to achieve nuclear fission. Leading us to an understanding of both the processes that take place inside a uranium nucleus and its destructive power are the brilliant men and women at the heart of the race -- mammoth figures such as Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Lise Meitner. Enmeshed in the story of scientific intrigue is the complex and ongoing story of uranium itself, which Aczel presents as a dynamic, dual natured force, capable of providing both abundant usable energy and generating unfathomable destructive power. From the nuclear programs in the Middle East to plans for nuclear reactors at home, the element uranium is never far from today's

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    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.

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“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

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  • Amir D. Aczel

  • Amir D. Aczel is the author of fourteen books, including The Riddle of the Compass, The Mystery of the Aleph, and the international bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem. An internationally known writer of mathematics and science and a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he lives near Boston.
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Uranium Wars

The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age

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Amir D. Aczel

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