In this engaging scientific memoir, Kenneth Ford recounts the time when, in his mid-twenties, he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. He worked with — and relaxed with — scientific giants of that time such as Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and John Wheeler, and here offers illuminating insights into the personalities, the strengths, and the quirks of these men. Well known for his ability to explain physics to nonspecialists, Ford also brings to life the physics of fission and fusion and provides a brief history of nuclear science from the discovery of radioactivity in 1896 to the ten-megaton explosion of "Mike" that obliterated a Pacific Island in 1952.
Ford worked at both Los Alamos and Princeton's Project Matterhorn, and brings out Matterhorn's major, but previously unheralded contribution to the development of the H bomb. Outside the lab, he drove a battered Chevrolet around New Mexico, a bantam motorcycle across the country, and a British roadster around New Jersey. Part of the charm of Ford's book is the way in which he leavens his well-researched descriptions of the scientific work with brief tales of his life away from weapons.
Readership: A memoir for general readership in the history of science.
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In 1950-1952 Kenneth Ford took a two-year break from his graduate studies in physics at Princeton University to work on the H bomb, returning to earn his Ph.D. in 1953. Since then he has conducted research in nuclear physics, taught at several universities, and served as a college president and as the head of a nonprofit organization. After retirement, he taught high-school physics. In addition to his scientific papers, he has written textbooks and books explaining quantum physics to nonscientists — as well as a memoir on flying small planes. His books have won two writing awards and some have been translated into other languages. In 2006, he was recognized by the American Association of Physics Teachers with that organization's Oersted medal for contributions to teaching. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Joanne. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.
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Buchbeschreibung World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd Mrz 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - In this engaging scientific memoir, Kenneth Ford recounts the time when, in his mid-twenties, he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. 240 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9789814618793