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Description - Atomic Fragments by Mary Palevsky

More than most of us, Mary Palevsky needed to come to terms with the moral complexities of the atomic bomb: Her parents worked on its development during World War II and were profoundly changed by that experience. After they died, unanswered questions sent their daughter on a search for understanding. This chronicle is the story of that quest. It takes her, and us, on a journey into the minds, memories, and emotions of the bomb builders. Scientists Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, Joseph Rotblat, Herbert York, Philip Morrison, and Robert Wilson, and philosopher David Hawkins responded to Palevsky's personal approach in a way that dramatically expands their previously published statements. They reinterpret and re-examine their own decisions and debate within themselves the complex issues raised by the bomb. The author herself, seeking to comprehend the widely differing ways in which individual scientists made choices about the bomb and made sense of their work, deeply reconsiders those questions of commitment and conscience her parents faced. In personal vignettes that complement the interviews, she captures other remembrances of the bomb through commemorative events and chance encounters

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520220553
ISBN-10: 0520220552
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 303
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary Palevsky

Mary Palevsky directs the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project at UNLV.