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Convicts Captive Book Two yEar fission andou have to get about 70% through the book before the star of the show appears in any detailI about 70% through the book before the star of the show appears in any detailI have liked to have read details on the crystal structures and chemical reactions of plutonium but the book was a bit too short for that Some of the references might be worth tracking down for detailed information In truth there are not very many books dedicated to plutonium s history or its physical and chemical properties so this was welcome learning experience I re read it in 2015 and noted this uote by the author The plutonium story as I hope I have convinced ou is full of ironies not the least of which is that what once cost us millions to produce will now cost us billions to get rid ofMy 2009 reviewI don t know whether to class this as History or as Science ChemistryPhysics It is the history of the discovery of Plutonium element 94 in the periodic table It is also a description of the somewhat bizarre chemistry of Plutonium due to the fact that the actinide series results from the filling of The Inner F Shells inner f shells the outer valence shell remains constant across the series It also weaves in some interesting sidelights on the making of the implosion type fission bomb in WW II It explains I read Tom Zoellner s history of uranium earlier this month and this book about plutonium seemed like a natural follow up Bernstein worked at Los Alamos and his book contains some fascinating behind the scenes anecdotes from the Manhattan Project and the United States post war nuclear program Otherwise Bernstein spends a considerable portion of an already minuscule book exploring rather adjacent topics The Early History Of Nuclear early history of nuclear the discovery uranium and extremely dumbed down atomic physics There s some interesting discussion of the chemistry metallurgy of plutonium nuclear proliferation but sadly this is far from a comprehensive history As I said earlier I felt I was re reading The Making of the Atomic Bomb all over again but in an abbreviated way The subject matter plutonium really doesn t enter until at least half way through this small book and a discussion on it s unusual properties not until the next to last chapter I felt that chapter was still missing a lot of interesting info Knowledge of physics and uantum mechanics sure helps on some passages but overall this book is geared for common consumptio. T 47 metric tons but it has almost no uses besides warmongering How did the product of scientific curiosity become such a dangerous burdenIn his new history of this complex and dangerous element noted physicist Jeremy Bernstein describes the steps that were taken to transform plutonium from a laboratory novelty into the nuclear weapon that destroyed Nagasaki This is the first book to weave together the many strands of plutonium's story explaining not only the science but the people involv. ,

Eat book Like everything connected with plutonium there are complications 98Complications abound in this brief not overly technical history Human relations atomic behaviours the first atomic arms race It s really uite amazing what people can do when they think that they other guy is going to kill them firstFun informative little read 2008 12 02 A definite disappointment Bernstein now of the New Yorker claims a physics doctorate but sure dumbed element 94 down for us despite claiming a scientific approach and to be the first book about Plutonium S Chemistry And Physics s chemistry and physics to Mr Bernstein a book without euations is the definition of pop science Argh Anyone moved to read this book has surely read the pop classics of nuclear physics The Making of the Atomic Bomb American Prometheus etc and will find very little new here indeed Bernstein helps himself to lengthy excerpts from such including an entire page on Meitner Speaking of Meitner Bernstein has some new and rather unsubstantiated attacks on Nobel Laureate Otto Hahn including the shocking claim that I doubt Hahn ever understood the physics of nuclear that I doubt Hahn ever understood the physics of nuclear That chapter reads like PC revisionism of the first orderFinally a history of plutonium ought certainly cover in my mind mixed oxide fuels the development of fast reactors for better plutonium burning and issues pertaining to LWR s particularly as used for maritime propulsion Sigh I could have written a better book about plutonium than this A fantastic explanation on the discovery of plutonium what it takes to produce it and why it is so complicated as it does not behave like any other compound The writer does tend to wander off onto different tangents but always comes back around He does his best to simplify the science parts but honestly many of the euations are way over my head what the reader can understand are the basic concepts and the author does a great job at this he also lets ou know when parts are going to be heavy science A neat little book about a truly fascinating subject The author is a physicist with first hand experience of some of the people and places described The book is written in an engaging informal way as if ou were chatting with the author My only real complaint about this book if it could be called a complaint is that the first part is mostly about the history of the discovery of nucl. L on the periodic table But the discovery of fission made it clear that this still hypothetical element would be than just a scientific curiosity it could be a powerful nuclear weaponAs it turned out it is good for almost nothing else Plutonium's nuclear potential put it at the heart of the World War II arms race the Russians found out about it through espionage the Germans through independent research and everybody wanted some Now nearly everyone has some the United States alone has abou. ,
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less than stars Here Jeremy Bernstein undertook creating a book on an esoteric topic which few in our graceless and dumbed down age would ever readI did and I appreciate his effort There is an awful lot to be learned here especially regarding valence bonding orbital shell occupation allotrope deltas and similar In my this reader s case the most fascinating chapter was Chapter X which begins with the dire imprecation this chapter is the most technically demanding chapter in the bookBring it ON Jeremy But even to a popular audience is this the best to which America can aspireMy two missing stars stem from two Major ObservationsA I wanted deeper science and mathematics and also physiological facts regarding the medical implications of Pu ingestion More meatB Mister Bernstein inserted too too many instances of phrasing that ultimately made me doubt the validity of his effort and this pains me to say I can t recount the number of times he wrote as far as I know or to the best of my awareness etc The reader emerges from a pretty entertaining book wondering if the research has really been doneI mean no censure but A B above really vitiated my enjoyment Peace Mister Bernstein and thanks Worthwhile but a bit B above really vitiated my enjoyment Peace Mister Bernstein and thanks Worthwhile but a bit a disappointment depending on what ou re looking for Tells a comprehensive account of Plutonium s discovery and features a long and educational discourse into its atomic structure but doesn t devote discovery and features a long and educational discourse into its atomic structure but doesn t devote same care to most of its post Manhattan Project history Also leaves some uestions strangely unanswered why is it so incredibly toxic How do the modern containment and disposal procedures render it less of a threat Really not a bad book but compared to Richard Rhodes atomic bomb books and the various Oppenheimer biographies out there including Bernstein s own lacking in context and insight beyond the science The history of plutonium reuires the explaining of a lot of physics and chemistry This was one of the most difficult books I ve ever read on science history but Bernstein does a brilliant job of communicating the science involved to the lay reader It s rewarding to make it through this book and it s a fascinating subject but unless السودان المأزق التاريخي وآفاق المستقبل you know a lot about the science involved already be prepared for an uphill climb asou get deeper into the book It s well worth it though Gr. When plutonium was first manufactured at Berkeley in the spring of 1941 there was so little of it that it was not visible to the naked eye It took a Dune Messiah year to accumulate enough so that one could actually see it Now there is so much that we don't know what to do to get rid of it We have created a monster The history of plutonium is as strange as the element itself When scientists began looking for it they did so simply in the spirit of inuiry not certain whether there were still spots to fil.