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The Resource In the shadow of the bomb : Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist, S.S. Schweber

In the shadow of the bomb : Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist, S.S. Schweber

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In the shadow of the bomb : Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist
Title
In the shadow of the bomb
Title remainder
Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist
Statement of responsibility
S.S. Schweber
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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Member of
Biography type
individual biography
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Schweber, S. S.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton series in physics
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  • Oppenheimer, J. Robert
  • Bethe, Hans A.
  • Bethe, Hans A.
  • Oppenheimer, J. Robert
  • Atomic bomb
  • Nuclear physicists
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Atomic bomb
  • Nuclear physicists
  • United States
Summary expansion
In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the United States dropped the bomb, and physicists were forced to contemplate disquieting questions about their roles and responsibilities. When the Cold War followed, they were confronted with political demands for their loyalty and McCarthyism's threats to academic freedom. By examining how Oppenheimer and Bethe--two men with similar backgrounds but divergent aspirations and characters--struggled with these moral dilemmas, one of our foremost historians of physics tells the story of modern physics, the development of atomic weapons, and the Cold War. Oppenheimer and Bethe led parallel lives. Both received liberal educations that emphasized moral as well as intellectual growth. Both were outstanding theoreticians who worked on the atom bomb at Los Alamos. Both advised the government on nuclear issues, and both resisted the development of the hydrogen bomb. Both were, in their youth, sympathetic to liberal causes, and both were later called to defend the United States against Soviet communism and colleagues against anti-Communist crusaders. Finally, both prized scientific community as a salve to the apparent failure of Enlightenment values. Yet, their responses to the use of the atom bomb, the testing of the hydrogen bomb, and the treachery of domestic politics differed markedly. Bethe, who drew confidence from scientific achievement and integration into the physics community, preserved a deep integrity. By accepting a modest role, he continued to influence policy and contributed to the nuclear test ban treaty of 1963. In contrast, Oppenheimer first embodied a new scientific persona--the scientist who creates knowledge and technology affecting all humanity and boldly addresses their impact--and then could not carry its burden. His desire to retain insider status, combined with his isolation from creative work and collegial scientific community, led him to compromise principles and, ironically, to lose prestige and fall victim to other insiders. Schweber draws on his vast knowledge of science and its history--in addition to his unique access to the personalities involved--to tell a tale of two men that will enthrall readers interested in science, history, and the lives and minds of great thinkers
Label
In the shadow of the bomb : Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist, S.S. Schweber
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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Contents
  • 4. The Challenge of Mccarthyism
  • 5. Nuclear Weapons
  • 6. On Science and Society
  • Epilogue
  • Notes to the Chapters
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. What is Enlightenment?
  • 2. J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • 3. Hans Bethe
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ocn861199662
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1 online resource
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online
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9781400849499
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
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10.1515/9781400849499
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22573/ctt4901s8
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(OCoLC)861199662
Label
In the shadow of the bomb : Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the moral responsibility of the scientist, S.S. Schweber
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. The Challenge of Mccarthyism
  • 5. Nuclear Weapons
  • 6. On Science and Society
  • Epilogue
  • Notes to the Chapters
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. What is Enlightenment?
  • 2. J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • 3. Hans Bethe
Control code
ocn861199662
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400849499
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400849499
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4901s8
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)861199662

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