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The Martians of science : five physicists who changed the twentieth century

Author: István Hargittai
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Tells the story of five little-known Hungarian physicists who transformed 20th century science. They emigrated to the United States from Hungary in the 1930's, and were important contributors to such important experiments as the Manhattan Project.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Hargittai, István.
Martians of science.
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005029427
Named Person: Theodore Von Kármán; Leo Szilard; Eugene Paul Wigner; John Von Neumann; Edward Teller; Leo Szilard; Edward Teller; Theodore Von Kármán; John Von Neumann; Eugene Paul Wigner
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: István Hargittai
ISBN: 0195178459 9780195178456
OCLC Number: 159957868
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface ; Acknowledgements ; List of Plates ; Introduction ; 1. Arrival and Departure ; 1.1 Family Origin and Early Childhood ; 1.2 Gem and Less: Gimnazium Experience ; 1.3 Background in Hungary and First Transition ; 2 Turning Points in Germany ; 3 Second Transition: to the United States ; 4 "To Protect and Defend": World War II ; 5 To Deter: Cold War ; 6 Being Martian ; 6.1 Comparisons ; 6.1.1 Szilard and Fermi ; 6.1.2 Teller and Oppenheimer ; 6.2 Traits ; 6.3 Religion and Jewishness ; 6.4 Being Hungarian ; Epilogue ; Greatness in Science ; Had They Lived ; Conclusion ; Appendix: Quotable Martians ; Notes ; Select Bibliography ; Annotated Name Index ; Subject Index
Responsibility: István Hargittai.
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