Inside The Centre

The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Ray Monk

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J. Robert Oppenheimer is among the most contentious and important figures of the twentieth century. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis to develop the first atomic bomb - a breakthrough which was to have eternal ramifications for mankind, and made Oppenheimer the 'father of the Bomb'.

But his was not a simple story of assimilation, scientific success and world fame. A complicated and fragile personality, the implications of the discoveries at Los Alamos were to weigh heavily upon him. Having formed suspicious connections in the 1930s, in the wake of the Allied victory in World War Two, Oppenheimer's attempts to resist the escalation of the Cold War arms race would lead many to question his loyalties - and set him on a collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunters.

"[A] fine biography... Oppenheimer has already been served well by biographers. However, Monk here takes the scholarship to a new level."

"The inspired philosophical biographer of Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell now turns his attention to the nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and the profound human dilemmas of American science and the atomic bomb. This is an eagerly awaited and important book which will explore new boundaries in the writing of biography itself." Richard Holmes "His 800 pages of deep research and lucid prose constitute a masterclass in how biography, done well, gets us closer to the mindset of an age than any other kind of inquiry." -- Kathryn Hughes Guardian "This fine, painstaking book makes most recent biography seem slight, even irrelevant." -- David Sexton Evening Standard "You don't need to know your mesons or your melons to be gripped by Oppenheimer's discursive journey to the heart of the American atomic machine." -- Ed Caesar Sunday Times "Oppenheimer is fortunate to have been given such an exemplary biographer." -- Gino Segre New Scientist

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Erscheinungsdatum 15.11.2012
Verlag Random House UK Ltd
Seitenzahl 864 (Printausgabe)
Dateigröße 4659 KB
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781448162253

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