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The Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant and the Coming of the Atomic Bomb Hardcover – 5 Aug 2019
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About the Author
Andrew Ramsey is a journalist and author who has written about cricket for more than 20 years.
In addition to having his work published in numerous newspapers around the world including The Australian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Hindustan Times and The Hindu, he has been a contributor to Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
He has covered around 100 Test matches including a number of Ashes series in Australia and England, among them the 2005 campaign in the United Kingdom regarded as the 'greatest Ashes battle of the modern era' and Australia's dual 5-0 whitewash summers on home soil in 2006-07 and 2013-14. His book The Wrong Line, which chronicles the travails of the travelling cricket writer, was published in 2012.
He is currently Senior Writer with cricket.com.au and, when not ensconced in a press box or an airport, lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
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I am not a physicist but Ramsey makes the physics very approachable and readily understandable.
In the world of physics, names like Einstein, Rutherford, Bohr and Curie are commonplace, and finding where and how the achievements of lesser rekowned scientists like Sir Mark Oliphant is intriguing. Ramsey reveals how relationships, personalities and sometimes chance events impact scientific advancements and the course of history.
The personalities of these great men of science and their relationship is vividly described with details only found from extensive research. The author explores their ambitions, their discoveries and their impact on the world. I found fascinating how these men, in different ways, advanced atomic understanding and it's use in making the bomb.
Set in the context of world events between the world wars, the immediate and lasting impact of the work of these men has been carefully explored. The fears and paranoia of atomic research and the reflection of atomic power post discovery of the bomb.
I am an avid reader of history this is one of the best biographies I have read in many years.