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Blackett : physics, war, and politics in the twentieth century

Author: Mary Jo Nye
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This biography captures the many facets of P.M.S. Blackett, one of the most brilliant and controversial physicists of the twentieth century. Nobel laureate, leader of operational research during the Second World War, scientific advisor to the British government, President of the Royal Society, member of the House of Lords, Blackett was also denounced as a Stalinist apologist for opposing American and British  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: P M S Blackett, Baron Blackett; P M S Blackett, Baron Blackett
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Jo Nye
ISBN: 0674015487 9780674015487
OCLC Number: 55600529
Description: x, 255 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A life of controversy --
The shaping of a scientific politics: from the royal navy to the British left, 1914-1945 --
Laboratory life and the craft of nuclear physics, 1921-1947 --
Corridors of power: operational research and atomic weapons, 1936-1962 --
Temptations of theory, strategies of evidence: investigating the earth's magnetism, 1947-1952 --
"Reading ourselves into the subject": geophysics and the revival of continental drift, 1951-1965 --
Scientific leadership: recognition, organization, policy, 1945-1974 --
Style and character in a scientific life.
Responsibility: Mary Jo Nye.

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continental drift. But his strong political stands made him a polarizing influence, and the decisions he made capture the complexity of living a prominent twentieth-century scientific life.  Read more...

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