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In the shadow of the bomb : Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist

Author: S S Schweber
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2007.
Series: Princeton series in physics.
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Narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists - J Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A Bethe - came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. This work tells the story of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; Hans A Bethe; Hans A Bethe; J Robert Oppenheimer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S S Schweber
ISBN: 0691127859 9780691127859
OCLC Number: 72868329
Description: p. cm.
Contents: Preface ix Acknowledgments xvii INTRODUCTION 3 1. WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? 28 2. J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER 42 Oppenheimer and the Ethical Culture Movement 42 The Agenda of the Ethical Culture Society 46 The Teaching of Ethics at the School 50 The Maturation of Oppenheimer 53 Becoming a Physicist: Oppenheimer and His School 61 3. HANS BETHE 76 Becoming a Bildungstrager 76 Becoming a Physicist: Arnold Sommerfeld 87 Wholeness and Stability 91 Los Alamos 104 Bethe and Oppenheimer: Their Entanglement 107 4.THE CHALLENGE OF McCARTHYISM 115 The Bernard Peters Case 115 The Philip Morrison Case 130 Some Concluding Comments 146 5.NUCLEAR WEAPONS 149 Atomic Bombs 149 Hydrogen Bombs 156 PSAC and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 168 6.ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY 178 EPILOGUE 183 Notes to the Chapters 187 Bibliography 239 Index 257
Series Title: Princeton series in physics.
Responsibility: S.S. Schweber.

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