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J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American century

Author: David C Cassidy
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Pi Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The unexplored secret of the American Century, the last 100 years of US history, is the rise of American science, specifically physics. At the heart of that story is J. Robert Oppenheimer, leader of the Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb. He was a man of contradictions: a scientist who discovered blackholes and then turned his back on cutting edge research; a gentle liberal humanist responsible for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: J Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer; Julius Robert Oppenheimer; Julius Robert Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David C Cassidy
ISBN: 0131479962 9780131479968
OCLC Number: 56503198
Description: xviii, 462 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Coming to America --
Ethically cultured --
Ethically schooled --
The damning lie --
Summa Cum Laude --
Getting near the center --
A taste for physics --
Coming of age --
Professor of physics --
Cosmic connections --
Depression and war --
The organic necessity --
Dropping the bomb --
Icon of physics --
State scientist --
Good soldiers --
Insecurity hearings --
Exile.
Responsibility: David C. Cassidy.
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The unexplored secret of the American Century, the last 100 years of US history, is the rise of American science, specifically physics. At the heart of that story is J. Robert Oppenheimer, leader of the Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb. He was a man of contradictions: a scientist who discovered blackholes and then turned his back on cutting edge research; a gentle liberal humanist responsible for the creation of the first real weapon of mass destruction; a genius who founded "scientific militarism" and then let it destroy him. His life story embodies the great conflicts of American society, its genius, its weaknesses, and even its essential morality. How did an aesthete man uninterested in the acquisition of power become the leader of American science, the most powerful research community in the world? And how did he, with all his intellectual and social advantages, lose his power and become regarded by many as an unfulfilled if not failed scientist. While it is biography of a physicist, it is also a history of the 20th century offering insights into the "scientific militarism" behind events on the world stage today.

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