Book Review: The First War of Physics by Jim Baggott (Three Stars)


Book Review: The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949 by Jim Baggott

(Three Stars)

“This book is my attempt to answer these and many other questions through a popular, accessible account of the race to build the first atomic bombs, centred on the individual stories of the physicists directly involved.”

A worthy goal, but Baggott failed to deliver. Great material, poor presentation. Didn’t know England had a nuclear weapon program in World War Two? Or Canada? Those are among the surprises.

‘Yes, it would be possible to make a bomb,’ [Neils] Bohr declared, ‘but it would take Continue reading