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Driven by wartime urgency, shadowed by the historic implications of their work, scientists recruited to the Manhattan Project—many of them surprisingly young—raced to understand atomic energy and plumb its power to end World War II. In 1960, for the Columbia University Oral History Research Center, American chemist Charles Coryell recorded an account of his education in southern California and Nazi Germany in the 1930s, his work on the Manhattan Project at Chicago and Oak Ridge, and his post-war career at MIT. Upon the discovery of element 61, in 1945, Coryell’s wife, grasping the Promethean nature of nuclear technology, offered the name Promethium and said: “You have stolen fire from the gods, and mankind may suffer for it.” Her words and his recollections echo today as the world grapples with the promise and perils of atomic energy.
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JULIE ESTHER CORYELL and JOAN BAINBRIDGE SAFFORD as editor and interviewer, respectively, offer a unique account of the most important political and technical project of the 20th Century. These women, scholars themselves, grew up in families headed by major scientific participants in the discovery and implementation of atomic energy. They offer an intimate perspective of the scientific and personal issues in the first development of nuclear technology.
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Book Description Promethium Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0985671106
Book Description Promethium Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 450 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.02 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk0985671106