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The Resource American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

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American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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American Prometheus
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the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
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Triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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eng
Summary
  • This is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, "father of the atomic bomb," the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generationone of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, the embodiment of modern man confronting the consequences of scientific progress
  • He was the author of a radical proposal to place international controls over atomic materialsan idea that is still relevant today. He opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb and criticized the Air Force's plans to fight an infinitely dangerous nuclear war. In the now almost-forgotten hysteria of the early 1950s, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup, and, in response, Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss, Superbomb advocate Edward Teller and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover worked behind the scenes to have a hearing board find that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets. American Prometheus sets forth Oppenheimer's life and times in revealing and unprecedented detail. Exhaustively researched, it is based on thousands of records and letters gathered from archives in America and abroad, on massive FBI files and on close to a hundred interviews with Oppenheimer's friends, relatives and colleagues. We follow him from his earliest education at the turn of the twentieth century at New York City's Ethical Culture School, through personal crises at Harvard and Cambridge universities. Then to Germany, where he studied quantum physics with the world's most accomplished theorists; and to Berkeley, California, where he established, during the 1930s, the leading American school of theoretical physics, and where he became deeply involved with social justice causes and their advocates, many of whom were communists. Then to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he transformed a bleak mesa into the world's most potent nuclear weapons laboratory-and where he himself was transformed. And finally, to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, which he directed from 1947 to 1966. American Prometheus is a rich evocation of America at midcentury, a new and compelling portrait of a brilliant, ambitious, complex and flawed man profoundly connected to its major events-the Depression, World War II and the Cold War. It is at once biography and history, and essential to our understanding of our recent pastand of our choices for the future
Summary
A portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, discusses his role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his roles as family man and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2005.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, 2005.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2005.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 2006.
Biography type
individual biography
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154517
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Bird, Kai
Dewey number
  • 530/.092
  • B
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Sherwin, Martin J
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  • Oppenheimer, J. Robert
  • Physicists
  • Atomic bomb
  • Science
  • United States
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adult
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the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [685]-699) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 721 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780375412028
Lccn
2004061535
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • ocm56753298
  • OCoLC
Label
American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [685]-699) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 721 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780375412028
Lccn
2004061535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm56753298
  • OCoLC

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