Brotherhood of the Bomb

Brotherhood of the Bomb

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The fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller-the scientists most responsible for the advent of weapons of mass destruction. How did science-and its practitioners-enlisted in the service of the state during the Second World War, become a slave to its patron during the Cold War? The story of these three men, builders of the bombs, is fundamentally about loyalty-to country, to science, and to each other-and about the wrenching choices that had to be made when these allegiances came into conflict. Gregg Herken gives us the behind-the-scenes account based upon a decade of research, interviews, and newly released Freedom of Information Act and Russian documents. Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history told authoritatively-and grippingly-for the first time.A visit to Y-12 earlier in the year had confirmed his belief that the atomic bomb was an engineering, not a physics, challenge. ... One of the key unanswered question from the 1942 Berkeley seminar that was of relevance to the Super concerned what ... Columbia University physicist Maria Goppert Mayer, to carry out the laborious work that might answer the question. ... the mid- 1 930s, describing her as his aquot;Dutch aunt, aquot; to whom he confessed both professional and personal problems.


Title:Brotherhood of the Bomb
Author:Gregg Herken
Publisher:Henry Holt and Company - 2013-08-13
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