Chapter 1 "Moonshine"
* The author talks about the life and scientific discoveries of Leo Szilard, a Jewish Hungarian theoretical physicist up until the mid 1930's.
* Also discussed are other scientists with their discoveries, including Einstein, Planck, etc.
* There is some background on nuclear physics, at least enough for the non-scientist to understand the basic concept.
* Szilard conceives of the possibility of a nuclear reaction, which Ernest Rutherford calls "moonshine".
* Meanwhile on the historical front, Hitler comes to power in Germany.
* He enforces anti-Jewish policies, which forces many scientists to leave Germany.
Chapter 2 "Atoms and Void"
* This chapter reviews early discoveries and theories about the nature of the atom and the scientists involved.
* It identifies scientists whose research continues in later chapters and more directly leads to the development of the atomic bomb.
* Among some of the important more important scientists are Ernest Rutherford and Niels...
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