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Author Close, F. E. author.

Title Half life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy / Frank Close.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Basic Books, a member or the Perseus Books Group, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Chevy Chase Library Non-Fiction    92 Pontekorvo,B CLO    Available
Description 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-366) 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.
Subject Pontekorvo, B. (Bruno), 1913-1993.
Nuclear physicists -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Nuclear physicists -- Italy -- Biography.
Spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Spies -- Italy -- Biography.
ISBN 9780465069989 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0465069983 (hbk. : alk. paper)

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