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Einstein's German world

Author: Fritz Richard Stern
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Einstein's German World, the eminent historian Fritz Stern explores the ambiguous promise of Germany before Hitler, as well as its horrifying decline into moral nihilism under Nazi rule, and aspects of its remarkable recovery since World War II. He does so by blending history and biography in a sequence of finely drawn studies of Germany's great scientists and of German-Jewish relations before and during  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fritz Richard Stern
ISBN: 069105939X 9780691059396 0691074585 9780691074580
OCLC Number: 40912609
Description: 335 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Paul Ehrlich: the founder of chemotherapy --
Max Planck and the trials of his times --
Together and apart: Fritz Haber and Albert Einstein --
Walther Rathenau and the vision of modernity --
Historians and the Great War: private experience and public explication --
Chaim Weizmann and liberal nationalism --
Freedom and its discontents: the travails of the new Germany --
Past distorted: the Goldhagen controversy --
Lost homelands: German-Polish reconciliation.
Responsibility: Fritz Stern.
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"In Einstein's German World, the eminent historian Fritz Stern explores the ambiguous promise of Germany before Hitler, as well as its horrifying decline into moral nihilism under Nazi rule, and aspects of its remarkable recovery since World War II. He does so by blending history and biography in a sequence of finely drawn studies of Germany's great scientists and of German-Jewish relations before and during Hitler's regime." "Stern's central chapter traces the complex friendship of Albert Einstein and the Nobel Prize - winning chemist Fritz Haber, contrasting their responses to German life and to their Jewish heritage. Other chapters, also based on new archival sources, consider the turbulent and interrelated careers of the physicist Max Planck, an austere and powerful figure who helped to make Berlin a happy, productive place for Einstein and other legendary scientists; of Paul Ehrlich, the founder of chemotherapy; of Walther Rathenau, the German-Jewish industrialist and statesman tragically assassinated in 1922; and of Chaim Weizmann, chemist, Zionist, and first president of Israel, whose close relations with his German colleagues is here for the first time recounted."--Jacket.

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