Queen Victoria's Bomb Author:Ronald Clark "What's that again? Queen Victoria's bomb? Impossible! Ah, but it isn't - or is it? After all, uranium was discovered in 1789 and isolated in the 1840s. Dalton formulated his atomic theory before 1810. And then there was this quiet Victorian genius, one Franklin Huxtable, who put two and two together and came up with a nuclear blast that so roc... more »ked the good Queen and her ministers in Whitehall that the whole affair was shrouded in secrecy - until Ronald Clark came along and 'discovered' the Huxtable manuscript.
In fact, of course, Huxtable never existed, but it is not preposterous that he might have. And the moral dilemma he faced is agonizingly real. This is a strangely credible tale, and the reader leaves it with the haunting suspicion that men in the twentieth century are merely reencting the roles of those great Victorians who lived through the birth of the nuclear age."« less