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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amir D. Aczel Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Called one of our best science popularizers by Publishers Weekly, Amir Aczel now tackles the cause of one of the last century's most destructive events -- the scientific discovery of nuclear power. Drawing on his rich storytelling skills, Aczel presents the fascinating and suspenseful story of the scientists who first uncovered the potential of uranium.

Uranium Wars takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of 1920s Europe, where the scientific elite of the day were embroiled in a fierce rivalry to achieve nuclear fission. Leading us to an understanding of both the processes that take place inside a uranium nucleus and its destructive power are the brilliant men and women at the heart of the race: mammoth figures, such as Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Lise Meitner.

Enmeshed in the story of scientific intrigue is the complex and ongoing story of uranium itself, which Aczel presents as a dynamic, dual natured force, capable of providing both abundant usable energy and generating unfathomable destructive power. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Smith | 5/2/2013

    " If you enjoy history, science, and find the Manhattan Project interesting, then you'll love this book. If those interests aren't yours, then skip this. I love history, science, and find the Manhattan Project interesting, so I really enjoyed it and learned some new things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 3/12/2013

    " Excellent source of information. I loved the chapters on the progression of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. He was a little slow in some of the biography sections, but overall a good book. I learned a lot about nuclear reactions, bombs and plants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Munn | 5/5/2012

    " A layman's history of the scientific pathway to the atomic bomb. Fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/23/2011

    " Excellent source of information. I loved the chapters on the progression of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. He was a little slow in some of the biography sections, but overall a good book. I learned a lot about nuclear reactions, bombs and plants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 12/30/2009

    " A layman's history of the scientific pathway to the atomic bomb. Fun to read. "

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About the Author
Author Amir D. AczelAmir D. Aczel is the author of many research articles on mathematics, two textbooks, and nine nonfiction books, including the international bestseller Fermat's Last Theorem, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award. Aczel has appeared on over thirty television programs, including nationwide appearances on CNN, CNBC, and Nightline, and on over a hundred radio programs, including NPR's Weekend Edition and Morning Edition. Aczel is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.