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Author Turchetti, Simone.

Title The Pontecorvo affair : a cold war defection and nuclear physics / Simone Turchetti.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (292 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The silent quake -- The training of a nuclear physicist -- Neutrons for peace and neutrons for war -- Under surveillance -- Ten million reasons to disappear -- Play it up or down? : confronting the Pontecorvo affair -- A political motive -- Bruno Maximovich and Professor Pontecorvo -- Conclusions: the noisy echo of secrecy.
Summary In the fall of 1950, newspapers around the world reported that the Italian-born nuclear physicist Bruno Pontecorvo and his family had mysteriously disappeared while returning to Britain from a holiday trip. Because Pontecorvo was known to be an expert working for the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, this raised immediate concern for the safety of atomic secrets, especially when it became known in the following months that he had defected to the Soviet Union. Was Pontecorvo a spy? Did he know and pass sensitive information about the bomb to Soviet experts? At the time, nuclear scientist.
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Subject Pontekorvo, B. (Bruno), 1913-1993.
Pontekorvo, Bruno, 1913-1993.
Pontekorvo, B. (Bruno), 1913-1993.
Nuclear physicists -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Nuclear physicists -- Italy -- Biography.
Spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Spies -- Italy -- Biography.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Caso Pontecorvo. English
Other Form: Print version: Turchetti, Simone. Caso Pontecorvo. English. Pontecorvo affair. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012 9780226816647 (DLC) 2011019135 (OCoLC)711050900
ISBN 9780226816661 (electronic bk.)
0226816664 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9786613436849