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Judging Edward Teller : a closer look at one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century

Author: István Hargittai
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Many people know Edward Teller as the "Father of the H-Bomb." His name tends to generate extreme views. To his supporters he was a hero of the Cold War. To his detractors he was evil personified. Between these extremes was the life of the real man. In this definitive and comprehensive biography, Hungarian scientist Istvan Hargittai, a personal acquaintance of Teller's, presents a balanced portrait of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biografieën (vorm)
Biographies
Quelle
biografi
Named Person: Edward Teller; Edward Teller; Edward Teller
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: István Hargittai
ISBN: 9781616142216 1616142219
OCLC Number: 635483717
Description: 575 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Teller in Hungary: origins and background --
Germany: road to science --
Transitions --
Atomic bomb quest --
No calm before the storm --
Fathering the hydrogen bomb --
From worrier to warrior --
Double tragedy: Teller and Oppenheimer --
Fallout and test ban --
"A monomaniac with many manias" --
Warring the stars --
Final thoughts.
Responsibility: István Hargittai.

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"Many people know Edward Teller as the "Father of the H-Bomb." His name tends to generate extreme views. To his supporters he was a hero of the Cold War. To his detractors he was evil personified. Between these extremes was the life of the real man. In this definitive and comprehensive biography, Hungarian scientist Istvan Hargittai, a personal acquaintance of Teller's, presents a balanced portrait of the multifaceted and enigmatic scientist against the backdrop of a turbulent period of history. Taking pains to avoid bias and preconceptions, Hargittai critically examines Teller's personality, family background, and the experiences that guided his actions--correcting many of the myths that others and Teller himself promulgated. Drawing for the first time on hitherto unknown archival material from Hungarian, American, and German sources, the author provides fresh insights that help the reader to understand Teller's motivations, his relationships with friends and foes, and his driven personality. In addition to this research and his own memories of Teller, Hargittai has interviewed for this book such prominent figures as Richard Garwin, Freeman Dyson, George A. Keyworth, and Wendy Teller (Edward Teller's daughter), among others"--Publisher description.

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