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Half-life the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy by F. E. Close

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  • Nuclear physicists,
  • Biography,
  • Spies

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Bruno Pontecorvo dedicated his career to hunting for the Higgs boson of his day-- the neutrino, a nearly massless particle considered essential to the process of nuclear fission. His work on the Manhattan project under Enrico Fermi confirmed his reputation as a brilliant physicist and helped usher in the nuclear age. He should have won a Nobel Prize, but late in the summer of 1950 he vanished. At the height of the Cold War, Pontecorvo had disappeared behind the Iron Curtain. In Half-Life, physicist and historian Frank Close offers a heretofore untold history of Pontecorvo"s life, based on unprecedented access to his friends, family, and colleagues. With all the elements of a Cold War thriller-- classified atomic research, an infamous double agent, a kidnapping by Soviet operatives-- Half-Life is a history of particle physics at perhaps its most powerful: when it created the bomb.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-366) and index.

StatementFrank Close
LC ClassificationsQC774.P66 C56 2015
The Physical Object
Paginationxix, 378 pages
Number of Pages378
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27176902M
ISBN 100465069983
ISBN 109780465069989
LC Control Number2014041019

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