Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics

By Edward Teller; Judith L. Shoolery | Go to book overview
Save to active project

November 1943-January 1945

LOS ALAMOS, IN some ways, resembled an enormous international reunion of the atomic physics community. The science of quantum mechanics was only fourteen years old when the war began. There were so few of us working in the field that for the most part we knew one another, and a sizable portion of our group worked at Los Alamos. In the late fall of 1943, the British contingent, headed by James Chadwick, the man who discovered the neutron, arrived to a warm welcome at Los Alamos.

Even so, Project Y, as Los Alamos was code-named, was perennially shorthanded. By the time Los Alamos was organized, most American scientists were already involved in war work. The several talented British physicists, among them James Tuck and Rudolph Peierls, were particularly appreciated because no one needed to orient these newcomers to the work. The British were firmly convinced, then and afterwards, that they had started the atomic bomb project with their Tube Alloy program. 1 The following summer, another member of the British contingent, Klaus Fuchs, arrived after having spent some months working at Columbia.

The newcomers and their families were soon indistinguishable from the original Los Alamos contingent. James Tuck was self-assured, outgoing and

The British began investigating the possibility of an atomic bomb early and had made slow progress. Given the hardships, dangers, and shortages of wartime, part of their work was transferred to Canada, and at the invitation of the U.S. government, a group of British theoreticians joined the Manhattan Project.


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
Table of contents

Table of contents



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 628

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?