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Uncommon sense

Author: J Robert Oppenheimer; N Metropolis; Gian-Carlo Rota; D H Sharp
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Birkhäuser Boston, ©1984.
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"I think that we will not be very successful in discouraging other power from this course [of a nuclear military program] unless we show, by our own example and conviction, that we regard nuclear armament as a transitory, dangerous, and degrading phase of the worlds history" These words could have been said today; that they were said more than twenty years ago, by one of the "fathers" of the atom bomb, gives them  Read more...
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History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967.
Uncommon sense.
Cambridge, Mass. : Birkhäuser Boston, ©1984
(DLC) 84000439
(OCoLC)10458715
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Robert Oppenheimer; N Metropolis; Gian-Carlo Rota; D H Sharp
ISBN: 9781468467352 1468467352 9781468467376 1468467379
OCLC Number: 680221421
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 195 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1 Travelling to a Land We Cannot See --
2 The Open Mind --
3 Science in Being, Research and the Liberal University --
4 The Consequences of Action --
5 I. Uncommon Sense --
II. An Open House --
6 Prospects in the Arts and Sciences --
7 An Inward Look --
8 Tradition and Discovery --
9 Progress in Freedom --
10 On Science and Culture --
11 The Power to Act The Scientific Revolution and its Effects on Democratic Institutions --
12 A World Without War --
13 L'Intime et le Comun --
the Intimate and the Open --
14 To Live with Ourselves --
15 Physics and Man's Understanding, For the Smithsonian Institution Bicentennial --
16 A Time in Need --
Acknowledgements and Bibliography.
Responsibility: J. Robert Oppenheimer ; by N. Metropolis, Gian-Carlo Rota, and David Sharp, editors.
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"I think that we will not be very successful in discouraging other power from this course [of a nuclear military program] unless we show, by our own example and conviction, that we regard nuclear armament as a transitory, dangerous, and degrading phase of the worlds history" These words could have been said today; that they were said more than twenty years ago, by one of the "fathers" of the atom bomb, gives them even greater impact. J. Robert Oppenheimer, a leading physicist in the Manhattan Project, recognized that scientific inquiry and discovery could no longer be separated from their effect on political decision-making, social responsibility, and human endeavor in general. He openly addressed issues of common concern and as a scientist accepted the responsibility brought about by nuclear physics. This collection of essays and speeches, only a few of which have been previously published, presents an extraordinary thinker and scientist as well as a compassionate human being. No issue is too small or too large if it is in some way connected to the emergence of a weapon as terrible and powerful as the atom bomb. Oppenheimer discusses the shift in scientific awareness and its impact on education, the question of openness in a society forced to keep secrets, the conflict between individual concerns and public and political necessity, the future of science and its effects on future politics---in short, the common and uncommon sense we find in our modern day reality. Uncommon Sense presents a responsible scientist and a concerned man who foresaw the problems the discovery of fission would create. And we should no neglect to read between the lines: The peak of Oppenheimers career coincided with the McCarthy era, the repercussions of which strongly affected his personal and professional life. The themes of openness and freedom becomes, therefore, recurring concerns in this collection of essays and speeches.

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