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April 21, 1951

The Atom at Work

JAMA. 1951;145(16):1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920340081031

One is impelled to declare this book by far the best of many recent books explaining the broader aspects of nuclear physics in nonmathematical terms. The secret of its remarkable interest and clarity is, perhaps, that the author has resisted every temptation to impress or to mystify; whatever subjects are taken up are presented with a wealth of exact detail that comes, on the one hand, from a profound understanding of the underlying general principles and, on the other, from authentic information about small and large scale technics in all parts of the United States. The book traces the story of natural and artificial radioactivity through the opening chapters on the discovery of radium and the development of the theory of relativity to its culmination in two chapters on atomic warfare, past and future, and useful power as the ultimate goal. It is the piling up of concrete facts that

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