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Explosive Rhetoric

Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 257-258
DOI: 10.1126/science.1057535

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The Nuclear Muse Literature, Physics, and the First Atomic Bombs. John Canaday. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 2000. 328 pp. $60. ISBN 0-299-16850-6. Paper, $22.95. ISBN 0-299-16854-9.

In a volume intended to straddle the boundary between science and the humanities, Canaday applies the techniques of literary criticism to examine the roles rhetoric in forming and expressing the ideas of nuclear physicists before, during, and after World War II.