The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: Books with a high signal to noise ratio?
asmithmd1: The Making of Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, he starts with the science of the atom as it was figured out in the late 19th century and continues through the end of World War II
Luc: Concur. That book is something to chew on. The author doesn't oversimplify the science. I finished reading it 6 months ago and still often think about it.
Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?
wycx: If you have not read this book, read it, just for the summary of discoveries that lead to the atomic bomb.
Ask HN: What are your favorite books of all time, and why?
jugad: This Pulitzer prize winning book proves the adage "Truth is stranger than fiction". Surprisingly, you don't need to know any math or much of physics / chemistry to read this one. It is the story of one of the most amazing achievements of human kind and its more engaging than all the Dan Brown novels put together. This is no exaggeration - the book will entertain, educate and enlighten you like no other book you have ever read.
Ask HN: Books on specific topics that have applied to many areas of your life?
charlysl: Because it is a great way to see the incremental progress of science, and made me realize how much those at the leading edge extract from a few crumbles of information. Also the starkest description of the impact of industrialized killing in WW1.
Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?
sbmthakur: You will love it if you enjoy a mix of history, science and engineering. It pretty much covers everything from the discovery of the electron to the dropping of atomic bombs.
Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?
kabdib: This one works on me at several levels: The physics (which are explained well), the sheer titanic scope of the Manhattan project, and the meta-knowledge that someone was able to write a book this good.