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Titles in the call number range QB - QC (Astronomy, Physics) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • A temperate empire : making climate change in early America / Anya Zilberstein
    QC 903.2 N665 Z55 2016eb

  • Multiple representations in physics education David F. Treagust, Reinders Duit, Hans E. Fischer, editors
    QC30

  • Cosmology for the curious / Delia Perlov, Alex Vilenkin
    QB982

  • Globular cluster binaries and gravitational wave parameter estimation challenges and efficient solutions / Carl-Johan Haster
    QB461

  • Rainbows in channeling of charged particles in crystals and nanotubes / Nebojša Nešković, Srdjan Petrović, Marko Ćosić
    QC793.2

  • Electrification of particulates in industrial and natural multiphase flows / Zhaolin Gu, Wei Wei
    QC571

  • Manifestations of dark matter and variations of the fundamental constants in atoms and astrophysical phenomena Yevgeny V. Stadnik
    QB791.3

  • Baryonic processes in the large-scale structuring of the universe Jean-Baptiste Durrive
    QB461

  • Cooperative interactions in lattices of atomic dipoles Robert Bettles
    QC585

  • Modelling the upper atmosphere of gas-giant exoplanets irradiated by low-mass stars Joshua Chadney
    QB820

  • Weak-coupling theory of topological superconductivity the case of strontium ruthenate / Thomas Scaffidi
    QC611.92

  • Three body dynamics and its applications to exoplanets Zdzislaw Musielak, Billy Quarles
    QC174.17.P7

  • Finite and Profinite Quantum Systems Apostolos Vourdas
    QC174.12

  • Pohl's introduction to physics. Klaus Lüders, Robert O. Pohl, editors
    QC23.2
    This classic textbook on experimental physics, written by Robert W. Pohl to accompany his famous lecture courses, served generations of physics and other science majors, not only in his native Germany, and was for many years a standard textbook. Pohl's lucid and memorable style and his consistent use of vivid demonstration experiments made his textbooks unique in their time.
    This completely revised and updated modern edition retains his style and clarity in an up-todate format. The accompanying videos document the original demonstrations and add many modern touches, bringing to life the numerous illustrations in the book and providing an instructive and motivating complement to the text. They are linked to the corresponding topics in the text and can be accessed directly online from the e-book version. 
    Volume I covers elementary mechanics, acoustics (vibrations and waves) and thermodynamics.The exercises provide an aid to understanding the material as well as complementary information.
    This book addresses students of physics and of other natural sciences and engineering, but also teachers and lecturers, who will profit from Pohl's many demonstration experiments, and other interested readers who want to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of physics from an experimental viewpoint.

  • Single-molecule metal-induced energy transfer : from basics to applications / Narain Karedla
    QC73.8.E53

  • Extrasolar planets and their host stars / Kaspar von Braun, Tabetha Boyajian
    QB820

  • Transport processes at fluidic interfaces Dieter Bothe, Arnold Reusken, editor
    QC173.4.I57

  • Outskirts of galaxies Johan H. Knapen, Janice C. Lee, Armando Gil de Paz, editors
    QB 858.3 O88 2017eb

  • Principles of nanomagnetism Alberto P. Guimarães
    QC753.2

  • Phase diagram and magnetic excitations of BaFe2-xNixAs2 a neutron scattering study / Xingye Lu
    QC 611.98 I7 L8 2017eb

  • On the inside of a marble : from quantum mechanics to the Big Bang / Gavin Bascom
    QC174.12

  • Condensed matter applications of AdS/CFT : focusing on strange metals / Andrea Amoretti
    QC 173.454 A56 2017eb

  • The plutocene : blueprints for a post-anthropocene greenhouse Earth / Andrew Yoram Glikson
    QC 903 G55 2017eb

  • Renewing local planning to face climate change in the tropics / Maurizio Tiepolo, Alessandro Pezzoli, Vieri Tarchiani, editors
    QC 903 R46 2017eb

    This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

    This book aims to inspire decision makers and practitioners to change their approach to climate planning in the tropics through the application of modern technologies for characterizing local climate and tracking vulnerability and risk, and using decision-making tools. Drawing on 16 case studies conducted mainly in the Caribbean, Central America, Western and Eastern Africa, and South East Asia it is shown how successful integration of traditional and modern knowledge can enhance disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in the tropics. The case studies encompass both rural and urban settings and cover different scales: rural communities, cities, and regions. In addition, the book looks to the future of planning by addressing topics of major importance, including residual risk integration in local development plans, damage insurance and the potential role of climate vulnerability reduction credits. In many regions of the tropics, climate planning is growing but has still very low quality. This book identifies the weaknesses and proposes effective solutions.


  • Foundations for nanoscience and nanotechnology / Nils O. Petersen
    QC 176.8 N35 P47 2017eb

    Do you ever wonder why size is so important at the scale of nanosystems? Do you want to understand the fundamental principles that govern the properties of nanomaterials? Do you want to establish a foundation for working in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology? Then this book is written with you in mind.

    Foundations for Nanoscience and Nanotechnologyprovides some of the physical chemistry needed to understand why properties of small systems differ both from their constituent molecular entities and from the corresponding bulk matter. This is not a book about nanoscience and nanotechnology, but rather an exposition of basic knowledge required to understand these fields. The collection of topics makes it unique, and these topics include:

    The concept of quantum confinement and its consequences for electronic behaviour (Part II) The importance of surface thermodynamics for activity and interactions of nanoscale systems (Part III) The need to consider fluctuations as well as mean properties in small systems (Part IV) The interaction of light with matter and specific applications of spectroscopy and microscopy (Part V)

    This book is written for senior undergraduates or junior graduate students in science or engineering disciplines who wish to learn about or work in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, but who do not have the requisite background in chemistry or physics. It may also be useful as a refresher or summary text for chemistry and physics students since the material is focused on those aspects of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics that specifically relate to the size of objects.


  • Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis of High Frequency Structures with MATLAB / Mohamed Bark, Atef Elsherbeni, and Veysel Demir
    QC 760.54 B37 2017eb

    This book presents the theory of adjoint sensitivity analysis for high frequency applications through time-domain electromagnetic simulations in MATLAB#65533;. This theory enables the efficient estimation of the sensitivities of an arbitrary response with respect to all parameters in the considered problem. These sensitivities are required in many applications including gradient-based optimization, surrogate-based modeling, statistical analysis, and yield analysis.

    Using the popular FDTD method, the book shows how wideband sensitivities can be efficiently estimated for different types of materials and structures, and includes plenty of well explained MATLAB#65533; examples to help readers absorb the content more easily and to make the theory more understandable to the broadest possible audience. Topics covered include a review of FDTD and an introduction to adjoint sensitivity analysis; the adjoint variable method for frequency-independent constitutive parameters; sensitivity analysis for frequency-dependent objective functions; transient adjoint sensitivity analysis; adjoint sensitivity analysis with dispersive materials; adjoint sensitivity analysis of anisotropic structures; nonlinear adjoint sensitivity analysis; second-order adjoint sensitivities; and advanced topics.


  • Atmosphere, ocean, and climate dynamics : an introductory text / John Marshall and R. Alan Plumb
    QC 880.4 A8 M348 2008
    For advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate science, Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics is an introductory textbook on the circulations of the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, with an emphasis on global scales. It will give students a good grasp of what the atmosphere and oceans look like on the large-scale and why they look that way. The role of the oceans in climate and paleoclimate is also discussed. The combination of observations, theory and accompanying illustrative laboratory experiments sets this text apart by making it accessible to students with no prior training in meteorology or oceanography.

    * Written at a mathematical level that is appealing for undergraduates and
    beginning graduate students
    * Provides a useful educational tool through a combination of observations and
    laboratory demonstrations which can be viewed over the web
    * Contains instructions on how to reproduce the simple but informative
    laboratory experiments
    * Includes copious problems (with sample answers) to help students learn the
    material.

  • The language of nature : reassessing the mathematization of natural philosophy in the Seventeeth Century / Geoffrey Gorham [and three others], editors
    QC 7 L224 2016

    Galileo's dictum that the book of nature "is written in the language of mathematics" is emblematic of the accepted view that the scientific revolution hinged on the conceptual and methodological integration of mathematics and natural philosophy. Although the mathematization of nature is a distinctive and crucial feature of the emergence of modern science in the seventeenth century, this volume shows that it was a far more complex, contested, and context-dependent phenomenon than the received historiography has indicated, and that philosophical controversies about the implications of mathematization cannot be understood in isolation from broader social developments related to the status and practice of mathematics in various commercial, political, and academic institutions.

    Contributors: Roger Ariew, U of South Florida; Richard T. W. Arthur, McMaster U; Lesley B. Cormack, U of Alberta; Daniel Garber, Princeton U; Ursula Goldenbaum, Emory U; Dana Jalobeanu, U of Bucharest; Douglas Jesseph, U of South Florida; Carla Rita Palmerino, Radboud U, Nijmegen and Open U of the Netherlands; Eileen Reeves, Princeton U; Christopher Smeenk, Western U; Justin E. H. Smith, U of Paris 7; Kurt Smith, Bloomsburg U of Pennsylvania.


  • Variational approach to gravity field theories from Newton to Einstein and beyond / Alberto Vecchiato
    QC178

  • Climate change adaptation in North America : fostering resilience and the regional capacity to adapt / Walter Leal Filho, Jesse M. Keenan, editors
    QC903.2.N7

  • Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis of Nuclear Reactors
    QC71.82-73.8

  • Manipulation of near field propagation and far field radiation of surface plasmon polariton / Lin Li
    QC 176.8 P55L5 2017eb

  • Software-based acoustical measurements / Federico Miyara
    QC243

  • An introduction to integrable techniques for one-dimensional quantum systems / Fabio Franchini
    QC174.13

  • The light, the stones and the sacred : proceedings of the XVth Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy Congress / Andrea Orlando, editor
    QB16

  • Knowledge and time Hans Primas ; edited and annotated by Harald Atmanspacher
    QC6

  • The iron pnictide superconductors an introduction and overview / Ferdinando Mancini, Roberta Citro, editors
    QC611.98.H54

  • Hurricane monitoring with spaceborne synthetic aperture radar Xiaofeng Li, editor
    QC944

  • Weird comets and asteroids the strange little worlds of the Sun's family / David A. J. Seargent
    QB721

  • Classical and quantum dynamics : from classical paths to path integrals / Walter Dittrich, Martin Reuter
    QC174.12

  • Wormholes, warp drives and energy conditions Francisco S. N. Lobo, editor
    QC173.59.S65

  • Radiation and detectors : introduction to the physics of radiation and detection devices / Lucio Cerrito
    QC787.C6

  • Theoretical atomic physics / Harald Friedrich
    QC793.2
    This expanded and updated well-established textbook contains an advanced presentation of quantum mechanics adapted to the requirements of modern atomic physics. It includes topics of current interest such as semiclassical theory, chaos, atom optics and Bose-Einstein condensation in atomic gases. In order to facilitate the consolidation of the material covered, various problems are included, together with complete solutions. The emphasis on theory enables the reader to appreciate the fundamental assumptions underlying standard theoretical constructs and to embark on independent research projects.
    The fourth edition of Theoretical Atomic Physics contains an updated treatment of the sections involving scattering theory and near-threshold phenomena manifest in the behaviour of cold atoms (and molecules). Special attention is given to the quantization of weakly bound states just below the continuum threshold and to low-energy scattering and quantum reflection just above. Particular emphasis is laid on the fundamental differences between long-ranged Coulombic potentials and shorter-ranged potentials falling off faster than 1/ r 2 at large distances r . The new sections on tunable near-threshold Feshbach resonances and on scattering in two spatial dimensions also address problems relevant for current and future research in the field of cold (and ultra-cold) atoms. Graduate students and researchers will find this book a valuable resource and comprehensive reference alike.

  • Foundations of quantum theory : from classical concepts to operator algebras / Klaas Landsman
    QC174.12

  • An advanced course in computational nuclear physics : bridging the scales from quarks to neutron stars / Morten Hjorth-Jensen, Maria Paola Lombardo, Ubirajara van Kolck, editors
    QC173

  • Holographic entanglement entropy / Mukund Rangamani, Tadashi Takayanagi
    QC174.17.E58

  • The three-body problem and the equations of dynamics : Poincaré's foundational work on dynamical systems theory / Henri Poincaré (deceased) ; translated by Bruce D. Popp
    QB362.T5

  • Linear dynamical quantum systems : analysis, synthesis, and control / Hendra I Nurdin, Naoki Yamamoto
    QC174.12

  • Supersymmetric grand unified theories : from quarks to strings via SUSY GUTs / Stuart Raby
    QC794.6.G7

  • Scattering and structures : essentials and analogies in quantum physics / Bogdan Povh, Mitja Rosina
    QC174.12

  • Integration of large scale renewable energy into bulk power systems from planning to operation / Pengwei Du, Ross Baldick, Aidan Tuohy, editors
    TJ808

  • The quantum world : philosophical debates on quantum physics / Bernard d'Espagnat, Hervé Zwirn, editors
    QC174.12

  • Self-organized criticality and predictability in atmospheric flows : the quantum world of clouds and rain / Amujuri Mary Selvam
    QC861.3

  • Impactful times : memories of 60 years of shock wave research at Sandia National Laboratories / James R. Asay, Lalit C. Chhabildas, R. Jeffrey Lawrence, Mary Ann Sweeney
    QC168.85.S45

    This book presents a history of shock compression science, including development of experimental, material modeling, and hydrodynamics code technologies over the past six decades at Sandia National Laboratories. The book is organized into a discussion of major accomplishments by decade with over 900 references, followed by a unique collection of 45 personal recollections detailing the trials, tribulations, and successes of building a world-class organization in the field. It explains some of the challenges researchers faced and the gratification they experienced when a discovery was made. Several visionary researchers made pioneering advances that integrated these three technologies into a cohesive capability to solve complex scientific and engineering problems. What approaches worked, which ones did not, and the applications of the research are described. Notable applications include the turret explosion aboard the USS Iowa and the Shoemaker-Levy comet impact on Jupiter. The personal anecdotes and recollections make for a fascinating account of building a world-renowned capability from meager beginnings. 

    This book will be inspiring to the expert, the non expert, and the early-career scientist. Undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering who are contemplating different fields of study should find it especially compelling.


  • Building a Pan-Canadian climate plan : policy options to meet or exceed Canada's 2030 emissions target : Pembina Institute submission to the federal-provincial-territorial climate change working group
    QC 985 B85 2015eb

  • The positive impact of human CO2 emissions on the survival of life on earth / by Patrick Moore
    QC 879.8 M666 2016eb

  • North American climate leadership : a road map for global action on methane
    QC 879.85 N67 2015eb

  • Les villes à la croisée des stratégies globales et locales des enjeux climatiques / sous la direction de Florence Rudolf
    QC 903 V543 2016eb
    La question des changements climatiques est d'abord scientifique, mais, en amont comme en aval, il y a aussi des enjeux sociaux, politiques, économiques et même culturels.Les rapports successifs du Groupe d'experts intergouvernemental sur l'évolution du climat (GIEC) ont contribué à intéresser les sciences sociales à l'importance de ces enjeux. A mesure que les perturbations du système climatique se confirmaient, les sciences économiques, les relations internationales, le droit, la gestion et l'urbanisme en ont mesuré l'impact. Quant à la sociologie, si on lui a fait le reproche de s'y être peu intéressé, des travaux récents témoignent de sa contribution dans le domaine. Que peuvent apporter ces différents éclairages à la compréhension de l'enjeu climatique et à la controverse publique que cette question soulève? Les auteurs de cet ouvrage ont tenté d'y répondre.

  • Twenty-first century quantum mechanics : Hilbert Space to quantum computers : mathematical methods and conceptual foundations / Guido Fano, S M Blinder
    QC174.12

  • The telescopic tourist's guide to the Moon Andrew May
    QB581

  • Study of the electroweak symmetry breaking sector for the LHC / Rafael Delgado López
    QC794.8.E44

  • TCP 2014 : proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Trapped Charged Particles and Fundamental Physics, held in Takamatsu, Japan, 1-5, December 2014 / Michiharu Wada, Peter Schury, Yuichi Ichikawa, editors
    QC793

  • Metastable glassy states under external perturbations : monitoring the effects of compression and shear-strain / Corrado Rainone
    QC176.8.P45

  • Rigorous time slicing approach to Feynman path integrals / Daisuke Fujiwara
    QC174.17.F45

  • Lectures on general quantum correlations and their applications / Felipe Fernandes Fanchini, Diogo de Oliveira Soares Pinto, Gerardo Adesso, editors
    QC174.12

  • Search for new physics in mono-jet final states in pp collisions : at sqrt(s)=13 TeV with the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC / Giuliano Gustavino
    QC787.P73

  • Operational symmetries : basic operations in physics / Heinrich Saller
    QC174.17.S9

  • Search for supersymmetry in pp Collisions at √s = 8 TeV with a photon, lepton, and missing transverse energy / Yutaro Iiyama
    QC174.17.S9

  • Galactic radio astronomy / Yoshiaki Sofue
    QB476.5

  • The second physicist : on the history of theoretical physics in Germany / Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach
    QC9.G4

    This book explores the rise of theoretical physics in 19th century Germany. The authors show how the junior second physicist in German universities over time became the theoretical physicist, of equal standing to the experimental physicist. Gustav Kirchhoff, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Max Planck are among the great German theoretical physicists whose work and career are examined in this book.

    Physics was then the only natural science in which  theoretical  work developed into a major teaching and research specialty in its own right. Readers will discover how German physicists arrived at a well-defined field of theoretical physics with well understood and generally accepted goals and needs. The authors explain the nature of the  work  of theoretical physics with many examples, taking care always to locate the research within the workplace.

    The book is a revised and shortened version of  Intellectual Mastery of Nature: Theoretical Physics from Ohm to Einstein , a two-volume work by the same authors. This new edition represents a reformulation of the larger work. It retains what is most important in the original work, while including new material, sharpening discussions, and making the research more accessible to readers. It presents a thorough examination of a seminal era in physics.


  • Electromagnetic fluctuations at the nanoscale : theory and applications / Aleksandr I. Volokitin, Bo N.J. Persson
    QC665.E4

    This book provides a general formalism for the calculation of the spectral correlation function for the fluctuating electromagnetic field. The procedure is applied to the radiative heat transfer and the van der Waals friction using both the semi-classical theory of the fluctuating electromagnetic field and quantum field theory. Applications of the radiative heat transfer and non-contact friction to scanning probe spectroscopy are presented. The theory gives a tentative explanation for the experimental non-contact friction data.
    The book explains that radiative heat transfer and the van der Waals friction are largely enhanced at short separations between the bodies due to the evanescent electromagnetic waves. Particular strong enhancement occurs if the surfaces of the bodies can support localized surface modes like surface plasmons, surface polaritons or adsorbate vibrational modes. An electromagnetic field outside a moving body can also be created by static charges which are always present on the surface of the body due to inhomogeneities, or due to a bias voltage. This electromagnetic field produces electrostatic friction which can be significantly enhanced if on the surface of the body there is a 2D electron or hole system or an incommensurate adsorbed layer of ions exhibiting acoustic vibrations.


  • Black holes : a laboratory for testing strong gravity / Cosimo Bambi
    QB843.B55

  • Climate change research at universities : addressing the mitigation and adaptation challenges / Walter Leal Filho, editor
    QC981.8.C5

  • Bode's Law and the discovery of Juno : historical studies in asteroid research / Clifford J. Cunningham
    QB653.J86
    Based on extensive primary sources, including many documents from Olbers, Gauss, Zach, and Regner never previously translated into English, this is the definitive account of the origins of Juno and Vesta by Hershel. Primary sources about the discovery are included in new translations, including personal correspondence and scientific papers. Cunningham, a dedicated scholar of asteroids, opens to scrutiny this critical moment of astronomical discovery, continuing the story begun in Volumes I, II and III of this series.
     
    The discovery of this new class of celestial bodies, as well as the revelation of the existence of the Asteroid Belt, set off an entirely new understanding of the Solar System, the implications of which are thoroughly discussed. How the discovery of Juno influenced Bode in his thinking about "Bode's Law" is studied, and the volume concludes with a look at the instruments and observatories that analyzed the asteroids in these early years of the nineteenth century.

  • Impact of ion implantation on quantum dot heterostructures and devices Arjun Mandal, Subhananda Chakrabarti
    QC611.6.Q35

  • Introduction to quantum mechanics / David J. Griffiths, Reed College, Oregon
    QC 174.12 G75 2017
    This bestselling undergraduate quantum mechanics textbook is now available in a re-issued, affordable edition from Cambridge University Press. The text first teaches students how to do quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it means. The author avoids the temptation to include every possible relevant topic, instead presenting students with material that they can easily focus on in a complete treatment with few distractions and diversions. Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory is presented, and special techniques are developed for attacking realistic problems. The innovative two-part coverage is entertaining and informative, organizing topics under basic theory and assembling an arsenal of approximation schemes with illustrative applications linked closely to the text.

  • Masters of uncertainty : weather forecasters and the quest for ground truth / Phaedra Daipha
    QC 983 D26 2015
    Though we commonly make them the butt of our jokes, weather forecasters are in fact exceptionally good at managing uncertainty. They consistently do a better job calibrating their performance than stockbrokers, physicians, or other decision-making experts precisely because they receive feedback on their decisions in near real time. Following forecasters in their quest for truth and accuracy, therefore, holds the key to the analytically elusive process of decision making as it actually happens.

    In Masters of Uncertainty , Phaedra Daipha develops a new conceptual framework for the process of decision making, after spending years immersed in the life of a northeastern office of the National Weather Service. Arguing that predicting the weather will always be more craft than science, Daipha shows how forecasters have made a virtue of the unpredictability of the weather. Impressive data infrastructures and powerful computer models are still only a substitute for the real thing outside, and so forecasters also enlist improvisational collage techniques and an omnivorous appetite for information to create a locally meaningful forecast on their computer screens. Intent on capturing decision making in action, Daipha takes the reader through engrossing firsthand accounts of several forecasting episodes (hits and misses) and offers a rare fly-on-the-wall insight into the process and challenges of producing meteorological predictions come rain or come shine. Combining rich detail with lucid argument, Masters of Uncertainty advances a theory of decision making that foregrounds the pragmatic and situated nature of expert cognition and casts into new light how we make decisions in the digital age.

  • Hurricane Ike field investigations : a report of field operations from October 3-6, 2008 / edited by Billy Edge, Lesley Ewing ; sponsored by Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
    QC 945 H86745 2013eb

    Prepared by the Hurricane Ike Field Assessment Team of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of ASCE.

    Hurricane Ike Field Investigations: A Report of Field Operations from October 3-6, 2008 describes the environmental and infrastructure impacts of Hurricane Ike on the upper Texas coast. Most important, the report identifies factors that appeared to provide protection from storm damage and presents some policy implications.

    After a general introduction to the area, its geology, historical storm events and rehabilitation, and coastal processes, the book describes Hurricane Ike, including water levels, storm surge measurements, and comparisons with other storms. It portrays the physical impacts of the storm, such as geomorphic changes, erosion rates, shoreline position, and impact of winds on engineered structures. Damage to and survival of shoreline structures--piers, seawalls, geotextile tubes, groins, and inlet jetties--are also discussed. Subsequent chapters address structural damage to buildings, lifelines and infrastructure, and marinas from wind, flooding, waves, and erosion. Finally, the book raises policy issues and summarizes lessons learned.

    Civil engineers engaged in projects related to coasts, oceans, ports, and rivers, especially in hurricane-prone areas; facilities managers in coastal areas; government officials from agencies that participate in coastal zone management or manage emergency preparedness will find the observations and conclusions of this book valuable.


  • Guidelines for cloud seeding to augment precipitation / completed by ... subcommittee editors, Conrad G. Keyes, Jr., Bruce A. Boe, George W. Domar, Robert R. Czys, Thomas P. DeFelice, and Don A. Griffith
    QC 928.7 G85 2006eb

  • Management of the Hanford Engineer Works in World War II : how the Corps, DuPont, and the Metallurgical Laboratory first tracked the original plutonium works / Harry Thayer
    QC 773.3 U5 T43 1996eb

    Combining in-depth research with first-hand interviews of key participants in the project, Thayer engagingly recounts an important aspect of America's race to develop atomic weapons. He describes the organization and management methods behind one of the major engineering achievements of the 20th century--the design and construction of the original plutonium-production plant at Hanford, Washington.

    Hanford's extraordinarily short and successful development is described and placed in the context of the contemporaneous crisis conditions: fear, urgency, and daunting uncertainties in science, engineering, procurement, and construction. The efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DuPont, and the Metallurgical Laboratory are described in depth, in addition to detailed discussions of the desperate nature of the crisis, labor conditions, technologies, and intangibles of those wartime years. Thayer pinpoints 38 principal reasons for Hanford's success; describes what the engineers, builders, and operators actually did; and presents figures and tables to illustrate the severely time-constrained problems of parallel development.

    About the Author
    Harry Thayer has participated in the design of more than 70 industrial plants over a career of more than 40 years.

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