Can anyone name this children's history of atomic science?

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This has been bugging me for a year or so - sorry if this is off topic, but would anyone on the forum be able to name a book on atomic physics I read as a child?

It was a non-fiction, illustrated picture book I read as in the late 70's or very early 80's, giving the history of atomic science, atomic power and atomic weapons (from the ancient Greek scientists onwards).

Snippets of the history was presented as comic strips - that's the main details I remember. One comic strip from it that stands out was the panic over protecting the U-shaped building involved in the Manhattan project (the K-25 building) from aerial surveillance during WW2.

What also stands out in my mind, however, was the strangely ambivalently tone of the book - natural I suppose given the subject matter.

It was probably published in the latter half of the 1970's. I read it in New Zealand, and that probably means its more likely to be a book originating in the British book market rather than the North America book market (although it could of course been a British edition of a North American book).

Does anyone have any idea what book this could be called? I've done Google image searches of the most likely titles, but nothing has come up. I know that it's NOT:
- "Our Friend the Atom" - the Disney book of the film
- "Atoms: The Core of All Matter" by Jerry Korn
- "Hiroshima: The Story of the First Atom Bomb" by C. Lawton, or
- "Nuclear Energy (First Book)" by D.S. Halacy

Thanks!
 

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Children's Physics book

Have you tried the old How and Why series? There must be 100's of those.
 
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Yes, I have looked at that too, and yes, they have one on "Atomic Energy", but that's 1966.

Thanks anyway.
 
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Have you asked a librarian? They love these kinds of challenges.
 
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I have enquired on two "name that book" forums with no luck.

I thought this forum would be possibly useful because, given the make-up of the membership, there is a good chance that somone would remember it.
 
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Yes, but I think an actual librarian might be able to help. They have resources that we may not, like a 1975 edition of Books In Print.
 
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