Article ID: CBB100947755

From Fission to Censorship: 18 Months on the Road to the Bomb (2018)


Despite longstanding speculation concerning the harnessing of atomic energy, the prospect of doing so was not a foregone conclusion upon the discovery of fission in late 1938. Many aspects of the new phenomenon such as secondary neutrons, cross-sections, and energetics had to be investigated before the feasibility of nuclear reactors or explosives could be established. Here, experimental and theoretical developments in the 18 months following the discovery of fission are summarized; these develeopments laid the groundwork for wartime nuclear programs.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Chapter Vincenzo Cioci; (2016)
Alvin Weinberg e il nucleare: Riflessioni su Hiroshima 70 anni dopo (/isis/citation/CBB391197810/)

Book Hoffmann, Klaus; (2001)
Otto Hahn: Achievement and Responsibility (/isis/citation/CBB000101807/)

Article B. Cameron Reed; (2020)
Walther Bothe's Graphite: Physics, Impurities, and Blame in the German Nuclear Program (/isis/citation/CBB340773011/)

Chapter Giulio Maltese; (2009)
Enrico Fermi e il suo ruolo nella scienza, in Italia e in America (/isis/citation/CBB953079691/)

Article Cesareo, Roberto; (2000)
Dalla radioattività artificiale alla fissione nucleare: 1934-1939 (/isis/citation/CBB000111841/)

Thesis Yruma, Jeris Stueland; (2008)
How Experiments Are Remembered: The Discovery of Nuclear Fission, 1938--1968 (/isis/citation/CBB001561164/)

Chapter Vincenzo Cioci; (2009)
Szilard e Rasetti: due scienziati a confronto (/isis/citation/CBB787431166/)

Article Morgenweck-Lambrinos, Vera; Trömel, Martin; (2001)
Wissenschaft und Legende: eine Nachbetrachtung zu Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn und die Kernspaltung: eine Legende aus unseren Tagen (/isis/citation/CBB000100528/)

Article Kragh, Helge; (2014)
The Names of Physics: Plasma, Fission, Photon (/isis/citation/CBB001451851/)

Book Szasz, Ferenc Morton; (2012)
Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World (/isis/citation/CBB001320924/)

Book Scerri, Eric R.; (2013)
A Tale of Seven Elements (/isis/citation/CBB001212958/)

Article Kevin Orrman-Rossiter; (2020)
Places of ‘Invention and Discovery’ and the Nobel Prize in Physics (/isis/citation/CBB825489414/)

Book Katzir, Shaul; Lehner, Christoph; Renn, Jürgen; (2013)
Traditions and Transformations in the History of Quantum Physics (/isis/citation/CBB001550829/)

Article Kragh, Helge; (2014)
The Names of Physics: Plasma, Fission, Photon (/isis/citation/CBB001421699/)

Book Roberto Finzi; (2023)
Ettore Majorana. Un’indagine storica (/isis/citation/CBB155273734/)

Article Alex Wellerstein; (2019)
Manhattan Project (/isis/citation/CBB737621067/)

Essay Review Pasachoff, Naomi; (2006)
The Many Facets of J. Robert Oppenheimer (/isis/citation/CBB001566331/)

Authors & Contributors
Cioci, Vincenzo
Kragh, Helge S.
Orrman-Rossiter, Kevin
Jordi Taltavull, Marta
Yruma, Jeris Stueland
Wellerstein, Alex
European Physical Journal H
Annalen der Physik
Encyclopedia of the History of Science
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Luigi Pellegrini Editore
Pavia University Press
Edition Open Access
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Nevada Press
Nuclear fission
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Discovery in science
Atomic bomb
Science and culture
Fermi, Enrico
Meitner, Lise
Hahn, Otto
Einstein, Albert
Weinberg, Alvin Martin
Bothe, Walther
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment