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THE LOS ALAMOS PRIMER: The First Lectures on How to Build an Atomic Bomb

By: Robert Serber, 98 pages, 9 1/4" X 6", cloth binding, with numerous tables, calculations, and line drawings. Sixteen historically interesting black & white photos are included, supplied by the author as well as courtesy of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the U.S. National Archives. In April 1943, at a new secret laboratory on a mesa in the high New Mexico desert, a crowd of the most brilliant young scientists in America heard five stunning lectures that summed up everything the world knew about how to build an atomic bomb. The lecturer was Robert Serber, the author of this book. The laboratory was Los Alamos. Serberís lectures became the legendary LA-1, the Los Alamos Primer, the first document passed out to new recruits to the wartime enterprise, classified Secret Limited for 20 years after the Second World War, and published here for the first time. Now contemporary readers can see just how much was known and how much remained to be learned when the Manhattan Project began. Professor Serber has annotated the Primer for the nonscientist. In this first published edition, the Los Alamos Primer finally emerges from the archives. No lectures anywhere have had greater historical consequences! Published by the University of California Press, 1992.

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