New York: Oxford University Press, 1956.
xix, 370 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. INSCRIBED. Red cloth. Fine in chipped dj. Item #314971
Signed and inscribed on the ffep in 1960 to Charles Brasefield Chairman of the Physics Department of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. "Professor Charles Brasefield, let the request of George Arnold, it is a pleasure to autograph for you this copy of my "Atomic Quest." I am pleased to be reminded that we are again neighbors. Cordially, Arthur Holly Compton Feburary 12, 1960."
Compton was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for his discovery of the Compton effect, which demonstrated the particle nature of electromagnetic radiation. Brasefield was not far from St. Louis where Compton was the Chancellor of Washington University starting in 1946.
As head of the Metallurgy Lab at the Manhattan Project, Compton played a crucial role during WW II. His work with Fermi and Szilard led to the building of the first controlled fission reactor in 1942, and the building at hanford, Wash. of the first atomic reactors to seperate uranium from plutonium, making the atomic bomb feasible.
Atomic Quest is an eyewitness account from the very beginning of the Nuclear Age, and its consequences.
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