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Nature volume 162, page 239 (14 August 1948) | Download Citation



THE ‘Frontiers of Science' series, of which this is the first number, is stated to be "intended for the growing non-specialist public which wants to keep abreast of recent scientific developments and so keep pace with a changing world". Atomic energy is undoubtedly one such important scientific development, and the general editor of the series, Dr. A. C. B. Lovell, has chosen Well in asking Dr. Nimmo to write an account of the progress made in nuclear physics from the discovery of radioactivity in 1896 to the release of the first atomic bomb in 1945. Dr. Nimmo was, during the Second World War, a member of the British team engaged on the atomic bomb project in the United States, and has since been working at the University of Birmingham on the construction of particle accelerators, so that he Writes on his subject with considerable authority and knowledge. It is true that Dr. Nimmo divulges no secrets, nor gives any information that is not contained in the official Smyth Report ; but he does not hesitate to read between the lines and to set down in detail all reasonable deductions that an expert in this field can make from the official information.

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