and the Invention That
Launched the Military-
“I was soon gripped...this is an astonishing story: US physicist Ernest Lawrence is at its core, but its scope is broad and full of context and characters.”
--Jon Butterworth writing in Nature - Read the review
Read Michael's article in US News & World Report on the controversial development of the hydrogen bomb after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The episode is recounted in Chapter 14 of Big Science, entitled "The Road to Trinity," and Lawrence's two-page typed statement, describing "a gigantic ball of fire rising rapidly from the earth," followed by the "sharp loud crack" of the shock wave two minutes later, is here.