Item description for A Bridge Not Attacked: Chemical Warfare Civilian Research During World War II by Harold Johnston...
This book gives an almost forgotten history concerning civilian university scientists, who carried out research on defense against poison gases in some unusual places during World War II. Most of these were graduate students, working under the direction of professors at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California (Berkeley). The first job on these projects was to make major improvements on gas masks. Later, most activities were done outdoors to assess the effects of terrain and meteorological conditions on the travel and dissipation of toxic gas clouds. Action took place in California, Florida, and the jungles of Panama.
On these two parallel projects, one young participant was a big, healthy, athletic extrovert, who was deeply trained in the physical sciences, and by age twenty-nine (in 1943) was world famous in physics and in biology. Another was opposite in many ways: a skinny sickly loner, who was minimally schooled in science and mathematics. From the ten principal people working on these two projects, one was killed by accident while experimenting with a poison gas in the laboratory; another was proud of how he had defeated the draft system in an unusual way.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 10" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812381538 ISBN13 9789812381538
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A Bridge Not Attacked: chemical Warfare Civilian Research During World War II Aug 8, 2005
This is a well written documentary of behind the scenes scientific efforts during World War II. It is written with heart, intelligence, and humor. The reader is drawn into the story, though it is a documentary, autobiographical in reality and in essence. Thinking men/women will appreciate the thought process needed by the author when he was confronted with problems to solve, sometimes in spite of assignments. He and his group spare hundreds with a special odiferous skunk smell instead of carrying out chemical testing, first. If that part of the story is is the only portion read, chuckles followed by the realization of the serious consequences will occur. At that point, the reader realizes this is not small story. It is real.