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J. Robert Oppenheimer : a life

Author: Abraham Pais; Robert P Crease
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An illuminating portrait of J. Robert Oppenheimer chronicles the story of one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures of modern physics, from his precocious youth to his seminal role in developing the first atomic bomb, and beyond.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographie
Biographies
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer; Julius Robert Oppenheimer; Oppenheimer, J. Robert <1904-1967>; J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Pais; Robert P Crease
ISBN: 0195166736 9780195166736
OCLC Number: 57514715
Description: xxii, 353 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: First encounters --
Background. Early years --
University studies --
The California professor as teacher --
The California professor as researcher --
Oppenheimer's own opinion on his teaching and research in California --
Personal life in the 1930s --
"The shatterer of worlds" --
In which Oppenheimer enters the world stage --
An atomic scientist's credo --
The Institute prior to Oppenheimer's arrival --
In which Oppenheimer is elected Director of the Institute and Chairman of the GAC --
Oppenheimer's early years as Institute Director --
Oppenheimer and the world of physics, 1946-1954 --
Further on Oppenheimer the man --
Atomic politics in the early postwar years --
Of the first serious enemies and of the first Russian A-bomb --
Of the Superbomb and of spy stories --
The new Super --
Atomic politics in the early 1950s --
In which the excrement hits the ventilator --
In which the news of the hearings is made public --
Open book --
No final judgment --
Insider in exile --
Cloudy mountain peak.
Responsibility: Abraham Pais ; with supplemental material by Robert P. Crease.
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Offers a portrait of one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures of modern physics, the leader of the Mahattan Project at Los Alamos, and 'father' of the atomic bomb.  Read more...

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