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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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: pages cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. What is enlightenment? --
2 . J. Robert Oppenheimer --
Oppenheimer and the Ethical Culture Movement --
The agenda of the Ethical Culture Movement --
The teaching of ethics at the school --
The maturation of Oppenheimer --
Becoming a physicist : Oppenheimer and his school --
3. Hans Bethe --
Becoming a bildungsträger --
Becoming a physics : Arnold Sommerfeld --
Wholeness and stability --
Los Alamos --
Bethe and Oppenheimer : their entanglement --
4. The challenge of McCarthyism --
The Bernard Peters case --
The Philip Morrison case --
Some concluding comments --
5. Nuclear weapons --
Atomic bombs --
Hydrogen bombs --
PSAC and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty --
6. On science and society --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Princeton series in physics.
Responsibility: S.S. Schweber.

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