Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book)
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In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
Bomb is a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature.
Bomb is a 2012 Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title.
Bomb is a 2013 Newbery Honor book.
the blackboard, “the one underneath.” There was no formula below that one, the student pointed out. “Not below, underneath,” snapped Oppenheimer. “I have written over it.” As one of Oppenheimer’s students put it: “Everyone sort of regarded him, very affectionately, as being sort of nuts.” * * * “I NEED PHYSICS MORE THAN FRIENDS,” Oppenheimer once told his younger brother. Lost in his studies, Oppenheimer paid little attention to the outside world. He didn’t hear about the stock market crash
be like. “I shared a common belief that the horrors of war would bring our various leaders to their senses and usher in a period of peace and harmony,” Hall said. But what if this didn’t happen? What if Americans succeeded in building atomic bombs and they were the only ones to have them? Would the United States be more likely to use atomic bombs, knowing no one else could strike back? Wouldn’t the world be safer if a second major power also knew how to build atomic bombs? That way, neither
description of S-matrix theory. Unable to follow Heisenberg’s math, Berg focused on the man. “Thinnish,” Berg wrote in his notebook, “heavy eyebrows … sinister eyes.” Heisenberg paced as he spoke, a piece of chalk in his right hand, his left hand buried in his jacket pocket for warmth. He noticed the man in the second row staring at him. “H. likes my interest in his lecture,” Berg jotted. If he heard anything that led him to believe Heisenberg was close to developing an atomic bomb, Berg’s
The information was cabled to headquarters in Moscow, which reported that the technical details were of “great interest.” But Hall’s report also caused concern—Soviet spies worried they were being given disinformation. Was Hall really an American double-agent, feeding false data to the Soviets in order to make them waste their time and resources on bomb designs that wouldn’t work? This is what Stalin’s dreaded head of secret police, Lavrenti Beria, suspected. “If this is disinformation,” Beria
rights reserved The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows: Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb : the race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon / Steve Sheinkin. p. cm. ISBN 978-1-59643-487-5 1. Atomic bomb—History. 2. World War, 1939–1945—Secret service—Soviet Union. 3. World War, 1939–1945—Secret service—Great Britain. 4. World War, 1939–1945— Commando operations—Norway—Vemork. 5. Operation Freshman, 1942. 6. Atomic bomb—Germany—History. I. Title. II. Title: The