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The World Set Free

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

1. 00 -- Preface, Prelude Sec 1-6
2. 01 -- Prelude Sec 7 & 8, Ch First Sec 1-3
3. 02 -- Ch First Sec 4-8
4. 03 -- Ch Second Sec 1-3
5. 04 -- Ch Second Sec 4-8
6. 05 -- Ch Second Sec 9 & 10, Ch Third Sec 1 & 2
7. 06 -- Ch Third Sec 3-7
8. 07 -- Ch Third Sec 8, Ch Fourth Sec 1-6
9. 08 -- Ch Fourth Sec 7-11
10. 09 -- Ch Fourth Sec 12, Ch Fifth Sec 1-4
11. 10 -- Ch Fifth Sec 5-10

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Summary

Radioactive decay is a major theme in the novel The World Set Free, published in 1914. Wells explores what might happen if the rate of decay could be sped up. The book may have encouraged scientists to explore theories of nuclear chain reaction. It also served as a vehicle for Wells to develop his ideas on survival of the human race.

Reviews

Logan

- Great Book

Truly hauntingly prophetic. The reading is only slightly monotone but easy to understand.