The Effect of Science on the Second World War

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This fascinating account of how science was used by both the victors and the vanquished in the Second World War makes use of newly available material from the Public Record Office. The book provides an overall view of how the latest advances in science were fully exploited in the war, including radar, sonar, improved radio, methods of reducing disease, primitive computers, the new science of operational research, and finally, the atomic bomb, necessarily developed like all wartime technology in a remarkably short time. This progress would have been impossible without the cooperation of Allied scientists with the military, and the Axis powers' failure to recognize this was a major factor in their defeat.

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Guy Hartcup is a retired historian living in London and the author of many books.

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"Hartcup's penetrating clarity of understanding is matched only by his ability to provide explanations which are easy to take in and, skillfully, he neither confuses nor patronizes the reader. He includes several areas often missed out. This is a most valuable book essential to any proper understanding of the conflict." --W.J.R Gardner, author of Decoding History: The Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra

"The author has gathered a great deal of information, which he presents in a lucid and readable manner...I am impressed by [his] knowledge and ability to carry his reader with him. Anybody interested in the wartime development of these topics will acquire a great deal of information in a painless manner...This book is an excellent description of science at war..." -- Hermann Bondi, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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