German national socialism and the quest for nuclear power, 1939-1949

General Information

Walker, Mark, 1959-
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Physical Description
x, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


This a paperback edition of Professor Walker's full-scale examination of the German efforts to harness the economic, military and political power of nuclear fission between 1939 and 1949. The book explains clearly, in terms that the non-specialist can understand, what was involved in the Germans' quest, and in what ways the German scientists succeeded or failed in the development of 'the bomb'.


Nuclear energy > Germany > History.
Nuclear engineering > Germany > History.
National socialism.

Bibliographic Information

Mark Walker.
Includes index.
Part I. Lightning War: Nuclear fission -- The German nuclear power project -- Moderators, isotope separation, and uranium machines -- Nuclear power and lightning war -- Part II. The War Slows Down: The end of the lightning war -- Nuclear power conferences -- National Socialism and German physics -- Progress and infighting -- Part III. The War Comes Home: Wonder weapons -- Uranium machines in Berlin-Gottow -- Greater Germany and cultural imperialism -- Death from above and betrayal from within -- Part IV. The War is Lost: Evacuation and self-preservation -- The heavy water dries up -- Harteck's circle, centrifuges, and special experiments -- Uranium machines and rock cellars -- Part V. The German Achievement in the American Shadow: The Alsos MIssion -- Farm Hall -- The Smyth Report -- Part VI. The Legacy of German National Socialism: The occupation of Germany -- Nazification and denazification -- The Goudsmit/Heisenberg controversy -- Part VII. The Myth of the German Atomic Bomb: Conclusion.
Library Special Collection
The Roger Griffin ComFas Collection


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