4 October 2002
FERMI, Enrico. Experimental Production of a Divergent Chain Reaction. Offprint from: American Journal of Physics, Vol. 20, No. 9. Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Press, 1952.
4o. Illustrations in text. Original printed wrappers. Provenance: George Weil (b. 1907), Fermi's assistant (signature on front wrapper, few pencil annotations in text).
FIRST EDITION, offprint issue, of Fermi's report describing the first controlled nuclear chain reaction acheived by humankind, which took place on December 2, 1942 at the University of Chicago. Fermi's report remained classified for nearly ten years. This copy of the report is from the collection of George Weil, Fermi's assistant, who operated the cadmium control rods in Fermi's atomic pile during the experiment. Very scarce.
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