Half life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy /

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Author / Creator:Close, F. E.
Imprint:New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
Description:xix, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject:Pontekorvo, B. -- (Bruno), -- 1913-1993.
Pontekorvo, B. -- (Bruno), -- 1913-1993.
Nuclear physicists -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Nuclear physicists -- Italy -- Biography.
Spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Spies -- Italy -- Biography.
Nuclear physicists.
Soviet Union.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10505016
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-366) and index.
Summary:Bruno Pontecorvo dedicated his career to hunting for the Higgs boson of his day-- the neutrino, a nearly massless particle considered essential to the process of nuclear fission. His work on the Manhattan project under Enrico Fermi confirmed his reputation as a brilliant physicist and helped usher in the nuclear age. He should have won a Nobel Prize, but late in the summer of 1950 he vanished. At the height of the Cold War, Pontecorvo had disappeared behind the Iron Curtain. In Half-Life, physicist and historian Frank Close offers a heretofore untold history of Pontecorvo's life, based on unprecedented access to his friends, family, and colleagues. With all the elements of a Cold War thriller-- classified atomic research, an infamous double agent, a kidnapping by Soviet operatives-- Half-Life is a history of particle physics at perhaps its most powerful: when it created the bomb.

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