I quote here the words of Robert Serber, a Manhattan's physicist, who wrote his memoirs in a small book by 1992,
currently sold by Amazon. The book, which contain several documents declassified and memories from 1943-1945,
was edited by Richard Rhodes. I strongly recommend to read the book (12 chapters), which tell about obstacles,
fears, discussions, doubts and many anecdotes for the whole Manhattan Project (2 1/2 years).
The Los Alamos Primer
The first lectures on how to build an Atomic Bomb
University of California Press
1992 by Robert Serber (edited by Richard Rhodes)
and can be read at this link: https://www.academia...s_Alamos_Primer
From the American Heritage Foundation: https://www.atomiche...e/robert-serber
Robert Serber (1909-1997) was an American physicist. He was recruited by J. Robert Oppenheimer to work on
the Manhattan Project. Serber was tasked with explaining the basic principles and goals of the project to all
incoming scientific staff. Moving to Los Alamos in 1943, he gave lectures to members of the Manhattan Project
about the design and construction of atomic bombs known as the “Los Alamos Primer."
While at Los Alamos, Serber developed the first good theory of bomb disassembly hydrodynamics.
After the Trinity Test in July 1945, Serber traveled to Tinian Island to assist in the construction of the bomb, as a
special consultant to Project Alberta. While there, he reassured Col. Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, that the
bomb's blast would not harm the plane. In early September 1945, Serber was part of the first American team to enter
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, assessing the bombs' damage and collecting debris for testing on their five-week mission.
Edited by rhertz, 18 June 2019 - 07:47 PM.