The Los Alamos Primer

Author: Robert Serber
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520075764
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Primer, the first document passed out to new recruits to the wartime enterprise, classified Secret Limited for twenty years after the Second World War and published here for the first time.

Particle Physics

Author: Necia Grant Cooper
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521347808
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This book explains the emergence of a profoundly new understanding of the fundamental forces of Nature.

Critical Assembly

Author: Lillian Hoddeson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521541176
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This 1993 book explores how the 'critical assembly' of scientists at Los Alamos created the first atomic bombs.

Bomb Scare

Author: Joseph Cirincione
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231509405
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Letter from Albert Einstein to Franklin Roosevelt (August 2, 939), available at http
:// 2. The Frisch/Peierls Memoranda of March 940,
in Robert Serber, The Los Alamos Primer (Berkeley: University of California
Press, 992), pp. 79–88. 3. Frisch/Peierls Memoranda, p. 82. 4. Frisch/Peierls
Memoranda, p. 8 . 5. McGeorge Bundy, Danger and Survival (New York:
Random House, 988), pp. 25–26. 6. Cited in Richard Rhodes, The Making of the
Atomic ...

109 East Palace

Author: Jennet Conant
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416585427
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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986. ———, ed. The Los Alamos Primer: The First
Lectures on How to Build an Atomic Bomb. Annotated by Robert Serber. Berkeley
: University of California Press, 1992. Rigden, John. Rabi: Scientist and Citizen.
New York: Basic Books, 1987. Roensch, Eleanor (Jerry) Stone. Life Within Limits.
Los Alamos, NM: LAHS, 1993. Rothman, Hal K. On Rims and Ridges: The Los
Alamos Area Since 1880. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. Rothman

The Nuclear Muse

Author: John Canaday
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299168544
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John Canaday analyzes a variety of texts produced by physicists before, during, and after the Second World War, including Niels Bohr s "The Quantum Postulate"; the Blegdamsvej Faust, a parody of Goethe s Faust that cast physicists as its ...

Politics Tech Nuclear P

Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295802534
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(An excellent reference is The Los Alamos Primer, by Robert Serber [University of
California Press, 1992], an expansion of the notes for lectures Serber gave to
physicists who joined the work at Los Alamos during the war.) The reaction that
produces a nuclear explosion is different from the one that takes place in a
nuclear reactor, particularly in the speed required for the reaction. In both, energy
is produced by the fissioning of uranium (or plutonium) nuclei when they absorb
a neutron.

A Monte Carlo Primer

Author: Stephen A. Dupree
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780306467486
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random variables, and the coining of the name "Monte Carlo," was begun at Los
Alamos during the Manhattan Project of World War II by John von Neumann and
Stanley Ulam. The Los Alamos researchers introduced the use of variance
reduction, particularly the techniques known as Russian roulette and splitting,5 to
increase the efficiency with which random variables can be evaluated and
solutions obtained. The original Monte Carlo calculations performed at Los
Alamos were ...

Nuclear Energy

Author: David Bodansky
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387269313
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... (17.1) where k is the effective multiplication factor, β is the delayed neutron
fraction (see Section 6.3.2), τ is the mean time between successive fission
generations, and α = (k −β − 1)/τ.10 For a reactor, the effective multiplication
factor k is close to unity. For a bomb, it will be larger. As the configuration of the
bomb 9The discussion in this section draws to a considerable extent on The Los
Alamos Primer, which originally appeared as notes of lectures delivered at Los
Alamos by Robert ...