By Kenneth D. McRae

This booklet offers a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his adolescence in Germany, his flow to Oxford in 1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics approximating absolute 0. After 1939 he switched his learn to nuclear physics, and is credited with fixing the matter of uranium isotope separation by way of gaseous diffusion for the British nuclear programme Tube Alloys.

The quantity is designated for its inclusion of resource fabrics no longer to be had to earlier researchers, akin to Simon's diary and his correspondence along with his spouse, and for a clean, well-informed insider voice at the five-power nuclear competition of the conflict years.

The paintings additionally attracts on a comparatively mature nuclear literature to aim a comparability and overview of the 5 nuclear opponents in wider political and army context, and to spot the standards, or teams of things, which may clarify the results.

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