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Hitler's scientists : science, war, and the devil's pact

Author: John Cornwell
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Hitler's Scientists, British historian John Cornwell explores German scientific genius in the first half of the twentieth century and shows how Germany's early lead in the new physics led to the discovery of atomic fission, which in turn led the way to the atom bomb, and how the ideas of Darwinism were hijacked to create the lethal doctrine of racial cleansing.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cornwell, John, 1940-
Hitler's scientists.
New York : Viking, 2003
(OCoLC)606984101
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Cornwell
ISBN: 0670030759 9780670030750 0670893625 9780670893621
OCLC Number: 52761187
Description: xvi, 535 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : understanding the Germans --
pt. 1. Hitler's scientific inheritance --
1. Hitler the scientist --
2. Germany the science mecca --
3. Fritz Haber --
4. The poison gas scientists --
5. The 'science' of racial hygiene --
6. Eugenics and psychiatry --
pt. 2. The new physics, 1918-1933 --
7. Physics after the first war --
8. German science survives --
pt. 3. Nazi enthusiasm, compliance and oppression, 1933-1939 --
9. The dismissals --
10. Engineers and rocketeers --
11. Medicine under Hitler --
12. The cancer campaign --
13. Geopolitik and Lebensraum --
14. Nazi physics --
15. Himmler's pseudo-science --
16. Deutsche Mathematik --
pt. 4. The science of destruction and defence, 1933-1943 --
17. Fission mania --
18. World War II --
19. Machines of war --
20. Radar --
21. Codes --
pt. 5. The Nazi atomic bomb, 1941-1945 --
22. Copenhagen --
23. Speer and Heisenberg --
24. Haigerloch and Los Alamos --
pt. 6. Science in hell, 1942-1945 --
25. Slave labour at Dora --
26. The 'science' of extermination and human experiment --
27. The devil's chemists --
28. Wonder weapons --
pt. 7. In Hitler's shadow --
29. Farm Hall --
30. Heroes, villains and fellow travellers --
31. Scientific plunder --
pt. 8. Science from the Cold War to the war on terrorism --
32. Nuclear postures --
33. Uniquely Nazi? --
34. Science at war again.
Responsibility: John Cornwell.
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