Atoms in the Family

My Life with Enrico Fermi

Laura Fermi

Atoms in the Family
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Laura Fermi

277 pages | 33 halftones, 1 line drawing | 6 x 9 | © 1954
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226243672 Published June 1995
In this absorbing account of life with the great atomic scientist Enrico Fermi, Laura Fermi tells the story of their emigration to the United States in the 1930s—part of the widespread movement of scientists from Europe to the New World that was so important to the development of the first atomic bomb. Combining intellectual biography and social history, Laura Fermi traces her husband's career from his childhood, when he taught himself physics, through his rise in the Italian university system concurrent with the rise of fascism, to his receipt of the Nobel Prize, which offered a perfect opportunity to flee the country without arousing official suspicion, and his odyssey to the United States.
Contents
List of Illustrations
Part I: Italy
1. First Encounters
2. The Times before We Met
3. The Times before We Met—Continued
4. Birth of a School
5. Bébé Peugeot
6. Early Married Years
7. Mr. North and the Academies
8. A Summer in Ann Arbor
9. Work
10. South American Interlude
11. An Accidental Discovery
12. How Not To Raise Children
13. November 10, 1938
14. Departure
Part II: America
15. The Process of Americanization
16. Some Shapes of Things To Come
17. An Enemy Alien Works for Uncle Sam
18. Of Secrecy and the Pile
19. Success
20. Site Y
21. A Bodyguard and a Few Friends
22. Life on the Mesa
23. The War Ends
24. Exit Pontcorvo
25. A New Toy: The Giant Cyclotron
Acknowledgments
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