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Einstein and Oppenheimer : the meaning of genius

Author: S S Schweber
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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"Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, two iconic scientists of the twentieth century, belonged to different generations, with the boundary marked by the advent of quantum mechanics. By exploring how these men differed - in their worldview, in their work, and in their day - this book provides powerful insights into the lives of two critical figures and into the scientific culture of their times. In Einstein's  Read more...
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Named Person: Albert Einstein; J Robert Oppenheimer; Julius Robert Oppenheimer; Albert Einstein
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S S Schweber
ISBN: 9780674028289 0674028287
OCLC Number: 175218496
Description: xiv, 412 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Albert Einstein and nuclear weapons --
Albert Einstein and the founding of Brandeis University --
J. Robert Oppenheimer : proteus unbound --
J. Robert Oppenheimer and American pragmatism --
Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the extension of physics --
Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the meaning of community.
Responsibility: Silvan S. Schweber.
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