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

Author: István Hargittai
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If science has the equivalent of a Bloomsbury group, it is the five men born at the turn of the twentieth century in Budapest: Theodore von Karman, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann, and Edward Teller. From Hungary to Germany to the United States, they remained friends and continued to work together and influence each other throughout their lives. As a result, their work was integral to some of the most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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; Eugene Paul Wigner; John Von Neumann; Edward Teller; Theodore Von Kármán; Leo Szilard
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: István Hargittai
ISBN: 9780195178456 0195178459 9780195365566 0195365569
OCLC Number: 62084304
Description: xxiv, 313 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Arrival and departure --
Family origins and early childhood --
Gem and less : gimnázium experience --
Background in Hungary and first transition --
2. Turning points in Germany --
Theodore von Kármán --
Leo Szilard --
Eugene P. Wigner --
John von Neumann --
Edward Teller --
4. "To protect and defend" : World War II --
Theodore von Kármán --
Leo Szilard --
Eugene P. Wigner --
John von Neumann --
Edward Teller --
5. To deter : Cold War --
Theodore von Kármán --
Leo Szilard --
Eugene P. Wigner --
John von Neumann --
Edward Teller --
6. Being Martian --
Comparisons --
Traits --
Religion and Jewishness --
Being Hungarian --
Epilogue --
Greatness in science --
Had they lived --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Sampler of quotable Martians --
Notes --
Select bibliography --
Chronologies --
Index.
Responsibility: István Hargittai.
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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  Read more...

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