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Brotherhood of the bomb : the tangled lives and loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller

Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Brotherhood of the Bomb is the fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time. The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller -- the scientists most responsible for the advent of weapons of mass
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; Ernest Orlando Lawrence; Edward Teller; Ernest Orlando Lawrence; J Robert Oppenheimer; Edward Teller
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregg Herken
ISBN: 0805065881 9780805065886
OCLC Number: 48941348
Description: xiv, 448 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Temples of the future: Cyclotron republic --
Practical philosopher's stone --
Useful adviser --
Adventurous time --
Inside the wire: Enormoz --
Question of divided loyalties --
Break, blow, burn --
Stone's throw from despair --
Scientists in gray flannel suits: World in which war will not occur --
Character, association, and loyalty --
Rather puzzled horror --
Desperate urgency here --
Sorcerer's apprentice: Nuclear plenty --
Bad business now threatening --
Descent into the maelstrom --
Not much more than a kangaroo court --
All the evil of the times: Good deed a man has done before --
Like going to a new country --
Cross of atoms.
Responsibility: Gregg Herken.
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Brotherhood of the Bomb is the fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time. The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller -- the scientists most responsible for the advent of weapons of mass destruction. How did science -- and its practitioners -- enlisted in the service of the state during the Second World War, become a slave to its patron during the Cold War? The story of these three men, builders of the bombs, is fundamentally about loyalty -- to country, to science, and to each other -- and about the wrenching choices that had to be made when these allegiances came into conflict. - www.brotherhoodofthebomb.com

In this vital slice of American history, told authoritatively--and grippingly--for the first time, Herken relates the tangled lives and localities of the men who founded the nuclear age: Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller.

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