[Epub] ➛ The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race to Split the Atom ➜ Brian Cathcart – Turboville.co.uk

The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race to Split the Atom Cathcart Tells This Exhilarating Story With Both Verve And Precision The Sunday Telegraph Re Creating The Frustrations, Excitements, And Obsessions Of , The Miracle Year Of British Physics, Brian Cathcart Reveals In Rich Detail The Astonishing Story Behind The Splitting Of The Atom The Most Celebrated Scientific Experiment Of Its Time, It Would Lead To One Of Mankind S Most Devastating Inventions The Atomic Bomb All Matter Is Made Mostly Of Empty Space Each Of The Billions Of Atoms That Comprise It Is Hollow, Its True Mass Concentrated In A Tiny Nucleus That, If The Atom Were A Cathedral, Would Be No Bigger Than A Fly Discovering Its Existence Three Quarters Of A Century Ago Was Lord Rutherford S Greatest Scientific Achievement, But Even He Caught Only A Glimpse Almost At The Point Of Despair, John Cockcroft And Ernest Walton, Two Young Researchers In A Grubby Basement Room At The Famous Cavendish Laboratory In Cambridge, Grappled With The Challenge Racing Against Their American And German Counterparts A Colorful Cast Of Nobel Prize Winners They Would Change Everything With Paper And Pencil Calculations, A Handmade Apparatus, The Odd Lump Of Plasticine, And Some Revolutionary Physics, Cockroft And Walton Raised The Curtain On The Atomic Age The Fly In The Cathedral Is A Riveting And Erudite Narrative Inspired By The Dreams That Lead The Last True Gentlemen Scientists To The Very Essence Of The Universe The Heart Of Matter

10 thoughts on “The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race to Split the Atom

  1. says:

    Got this book at a bargain price at a book fair and took me long enough to actually read it It was hard to get past some of the scientific details especially the description of the apparatus and machines and sometimes my thoughts

  2. says:

    This book is a perfect example of why I love nonfiction Cathcart found an exciting and concise thread to follow to tell the story of the Cambridge scientists who helped open the door to nuclear physics, in particualr the two men who first s

  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was quite the enjoyable book about many of the scientists and physics engineers who worked on figuring out how the center of an atom works and the mystery that we no

  4. says:

    I was a 16 year old teenager fascinated by physics who knew nothing about nuclear physics and it s research when I got this book as a gift from a freind who knew I loved biographies and science Skip to few months later, I was 16 and a half year old girl who un

  5. says:

    A worthy addition to science history with glimpses into the lives of the first atomic physicists The goal is to recount the big picture of what it took for the British to win the race to smash the atom.

  6. says:

    Interesting, but maybe a bit too lengthy

  7. says:

    John Banville, writing in the Guardian, described Cathcart s book as unemphatic and, while perhaps it s not as phlegmatic as that might suggest, The Fly in the Cathedral or the gnat in Albert Hall, as Rutherford put it is a good solid account of the 1932 splitting of the atom.The aspect of

  8. says:

    A well researched, well told story of the Cavendish lab and the work that culminated in the discovery of the neutron and the splitting of the atom in the early 1930s Experimentation gets short shrift in histories of science as compared to theory, but Ernest Rutherford is as interesting as just about

  9. says:

    The title refers to the nucleus of an atom, which is so small in comparison with the atom, that it is like a fly in a cathedral.The book is an enjoyable history of the early days of nuclear physics roughly 1900 to 1932, told from the perspective of the Cavendish laboratory at Cambridge University The high poi

  10. says:

    I found the beginning and the end of this book to be absolutely fascinating The middle 60% of the book was important, to have a full understanding of the story, but slightly boring I also respect the authors caution in describing the temperament of these scientist Some of them seemed to have a very bad rep, but the sou

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