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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
American Prometheus The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer
Author: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
Physicist and polymath, 'father of the atom bomb' J. Robert Oppenheimer became the most famous scientist of his generation. One of the iconic figures of the 20th century and the embodiment of modern scientific man's Faustian compact, Oppenheimer confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. Already a notable young physicist before WW...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781843547044
ISBN-10: 184354704X
Publication Date: 1/1/2008
Pages: 736
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Publisher: Atlantic Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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I found this book very informative concerning all aspects of Robert Oppenheimer from birth to his lead roll of involvement with the atomic bomb and his anti-nuclear stance just after the creation of it. A wonderfully written history of the era/circumstances that has lead mankind to the opening of this "Pandora's Box", use of the atomic bomb, Nuclear Regulatory Commition, NATO, and more. Many interesting points are covered on the pre and post war era of communism in this country that I found fascinating. I also found my self wondering why would a person of such intellect as Oppenheimer have been involved in communism (which is answered nicely), however, the reader comes to realize the ideals of the movement 60-70 years ago were seemingly different then what they evolved into. You will enjoy the effort this takes to read.
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