The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb
"The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb" is a short history of the origins and development of the American atomic bomb program during World War II. Beginning with the scientific developments of the pre-war years, the monograph details the role of United States government in conducting a secret, nationwide enterprise that took science from the laboratory and into combat with an entirely new type of weapon. The monograph concludes with a discussion of the immediate postwar period, the debate over the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, and the founding of the Atomic Energy Commission.
The text for this section was adapted from the History Division, now Office of History and Heritage Resources, publication: F. G. Gosling, The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb (DOE/MA-0001; Washington: History Division, Department of Energy, January 1999).
Table of Contents
- Introduction: The Einstein Letter
- Part I: Physics Background, 1919-1939
- Part II: Early Government Support
- Part III: The Manhattan Engineer District
- Part IV: The Manhattan Engineer District in Operation
- Part V: The Atomic Bomb and American Strategy
- Part VI: The Manhattan District in Peacetime
- Manhattan Project Chart
- Select Bibliography
- Manhattan Project Chronology