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American Prometheus

The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307424731

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War. This is biography and history at its finest, riveting and deeply informative. From the Trade Paperback edition.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

die Biographie

Author: Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783548609805

Category:

Page: 672

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J. Robert Oppenheimer

die Biographie

Author: Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783549073582

Category:

Page: 672

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Die Rückkehr

Auf der Suche nach meinem verlorenen Vater

Author: Hisham Matar

Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

ISBN: 3641194407

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 7793

Hisham Matar wuchs als Kind in Libyen auf, doch die Diktatur unter Gaddafi hat seine Familie früh zerstört. Er selbst lebt seit langem in England, sein Vater wurde in das berüchtigtste Gefängnis von Libyen verschleppt. In dem kurzen Zeitfenster nach Gaddafis Sturz und vor dem neuen Bürgerkrieg kehrt Hisham Matar in seine Heimat zurück, um endlich vor Ort nach seinem Vater zu suchen. Sein Buch ist ein bewegendes Dokument.

In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer

ein Stück und seine Geschichte

Author: Heinar Kipphardt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 316

View: 4679

Das Mandelbaumtor

Roman

Author: Muriel Spark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783257214666

Category:

Page: 350

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Einstein, die Geschichte und andere Leidenschaften

Der Kampf gegen die Wissenschaft am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: Gerald Holton

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322850293

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 298

View: 9135

Gerald Holton warnt mit Hilfe eines der größten Wissenschaftler unseres Jahrhunderts - Albert Einstein - vor der heutigen "Romantischen Rebellion", die für alle Fehler unserer heutigen Gesellschaft die Wissenschaft verantwortlich machen will und ein neues Denken propagiert. Dadurch, daß er die Einsteinsche Gedankenwelt sorgfältig durchleuchtet, zeigt er, daß die Spitzenergebnisse der Wissenschaft auf sehr viel Intuition beruhen und daß die moderne Wissenschaft in der Tat ein kreativer Ausdruck der westlichen Zivilisation ist.

Morality's Muddy Waters

Ethical Quandaries in Modern America

Author: George Cotkin

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812204834

Category: History

Page: 272

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In the face of an uncertain and dangerous world, Americans yearn for a firm moral compass, a clear set of ethical guidelines. But as history shows, by reducing complex situations to simple cases of right or wrong we often go astray. In Morality's Muddy Waters, historian George Cotkin offers a clarion call on behalf of moral complexity. Revisiting several defining moments in the twentieth century—the American bombing of civilians during World War II, the My Lai massacre, racism in the South, capital punishment, the invasion of Iraq—Cotkin chronicles how historical figures have grappled with the problem of evil and moral responsibility—sometimes successfully, oftentimes not. In the process, he offers a wide-ranging tour of modern American history. Taken together, Cotkin maintains, these episodes reveal that the central concepts of morality—evil, empathy, and virtue—are both necessary and troubling. Without empathy, for example, we fail to inhabit the world of others; with it, we sometimes elevate individual suffering over political complexities. For Cotkin, close historical analysis may help reenergize these concepts for ethical thinking and acting. Morality's Muddy Waters argues for a moral turn in the way we study and think about history, maintaining that even when answers to ethical dilemmas prove elusive, the act of grappling with them is invaluable.

Die Farbe von Winterkirschen

Roman

Author: Jackie Copleton

Publisher: Limes Verlag

ISBN: 3641171458

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Ein Tag, der alles zerstörte. Eine Mutter, die ihr Kind verlor. Und ihr Wunsch nach Vergebung, der nie verging – eine bewegende Geschichte um Liebe, Reue und Hoffnung. Sie verlor ihre Tochter an dem Tag, an dem die Bombe fiel. Ama hatte sich mit Yuko verabredet, um mit ihr über den Mann zu sprechen, den Yuko so liebte und Ama gleichermaßen verabscheute. Doch dazu kam es nie. Ama war zu spät – und ihre Tochter und ihr Enkel tot. Ama ließ Nagasaki hinter sich, wanderte nach Amerika aus, aber der Schmerz blieb. Nie konnte sie sich verzeihen, gab sich selbst die Schuld am Tod, ja sogar am Schicksal ihrer Tochter. Sie zog sich immer mehr zurück und lebte in ihrer eigenen Welt voll Trauer und Schmerz – bis ein junger Mann an ihre Tür klopft. Er sagt, er sei Hideo, ihr totgeglaubter Enkel. Zuerst will sie ihm nicht glauben, doch dann öffnet sie ihr Herz und lässt die Hoffnung herein ...

Oppenheimer

The Tragic Intellect

Author: Charles Thorpe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226798486

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 3904

At a time when the Manhattan Project was synonymous with large-scale science, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–67) represented the new sociocultural power of the American intellectual. Catapulted to fame as director of the Los Alamos atomic weapons laboratory, Oppenheimer occupied a key position in the compact between science and the state that developed out of World War II. By tracing the making—and unmaking—of Oppenheimer’s wartime and postwar scientific identity, Charles Thorpe illustrates the struggles over the role of the scientist in relation to nuclear weapons, the state, and culture. A stylish intellectual biography, Oppenheimer maps out changes in the roles of scientists and intellectuals in twentieth-century America, ultimately revealing transformations in Oppenheimer’s persona that coincided with changing attitudes toward science in society. “This is an outstandingly well-researched book, a pleasure to read and distinguished by the high quality of its observations and judgments. It will be of special interest to scholars of modern history, but non-specialist readers will enjoy the clarity that Thorpe brings to common misunderstandings about his subject.”—Graham Farmelo, Times Higher Education Supplement “A fascinating new perspective. . . . Thorpe’s book provides the best perspective yet for understanding Oppenheimer’s Los Alamos years, which were critical, after all, not only to his life but, for better or worse, the history of mankind.”—Catherine Westfall, Nature

Viele Welten

Hugh Everett III - ein Familiendrama zwischen kaltem Krieg und Quantenphysik

Author: Peter Byrne

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 364225179X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 551

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Peter Byrne erzählt die Lebensgeschichte von Hugh Everett III (1930–1982), dessen Theorie der multiplen Universen die Physik und Philosophie entscheidend beeinflusst hat. Neben seiner berühmten Interpretation der Quantenmechanik verfasste Everett eine klassische Arbeit zur Spieltheorie, entwickelte wegweisende Computeralgorithmen und leistete Pionierarbeit auf dem Gebiet der Künstlichen Intelligenz. Diesem anschaulichen Porträt liegen bisher unveröffentlichte Schriften Everetts zugrunde sowie Interviews mit Freunden, Kollegen und Verwandten.

Matrix oder Wie wirklich ist die Wirklichkeit

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499621697

Category:

Page: 351

View: 8164

Die Suche danach, was wirklich wirklich ist, zieht weit über die Wissenschaft hinaus viele in ihren Bann. Dafür sprechen auch die Erfolge von Filmen wie Matrix, Memento oder Thirteenth Floor. Der renommierte Wissenschaftsautor Jim Baggott spielt das Thema

Encyclopedia of the Cold War

Author: Ruud van Dijk,William Glenn Gray,Svetlana Savranskaya,Jeremi Suri,Qiang Zhai

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135923108

Category: Reference

Page: 1146

View: 504

Between 1945 and 1991, tension between the USA, its allies, and a group of nations led by the USSR, dominated world politics. This period was called the Cold War – a conflict that stopped short to a full-blown war. Benefiting from the recent research of newly open archives, the Encyclopedia of the Cold War discusses how this state of perpetual tensions arose, developed, and was resolved. This work examines the military, economic, diplomatic, and political evolution of the conflict as well as its impact on the different regions and cultures of the world. Using a unique geopolitical approach that will present Russian perspectives and others, the work covers all aspects of the Cold War, from communism to nuclear escalation and from UFOs to red diaper babies, highlighting its vast-ranging and lasting impact on international relations as well as on daily life. Although the work will focus on the 1945–1991 period, it will explore the roots of the conflict, starting with the formation of the Soviet state, and its legacy to the present day.

Das kosmopolitische Europa

Gesellschaft und Politik in der Zweiten Moderne

Author: Ulrich Beck,Edgar Grande

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518458730

Category: Cosmopolitanism

Page: 419

View: 5270

Der verlorene Spion

Roman

Author: Joseph Kanon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442448760

Category:

Page: 569

View: 9141

The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949

Author: Jim Baggott

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1605987697

Category: History

Page: 584

View: 3208

An epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding: the monumental race to build the first atomic weapons. Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, The First War of Physics is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's Farm Hall transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the soviet archives. Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1,’ August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb test. Why did physicists persist in developing the atomic bomb, despite the devastation that it could bring? Why, despite having a clear head start, did Hitler's physicists fail? Could the soviets have developed the bomb without spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies really plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb program? Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? The First War of Physics is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact.

Toxic Mix?

A Handbook of Science and Politics

Author: Herbert N. Foerstel

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313362343

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 7742

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the contentious relationship between the White House and the scientific community from the FDR administration to the Obama administration. * Includes interviews with scientists and science experts * Presents photographs of scientists, politicians, and scientific accomplishments * Provides a bibliography of print and online resources for further reading * Outlines an annotated list of private organizations whose work relates to science and politics

Priests of Our Democracy

The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge

Author: Marjorie Heins

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814770266

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 5282

Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who battled the anti-communist witch hunt of the 1950s. It traces the political fortunes of academic freedom beginning in the late 19th century, both on campus and in the courts. Combining political and legal history with wrenching personal stories, the book details how the anti-communist excesses of the 1950s inspired the Supreme Court to recognize the vital role of teachers and professors in American democracy. The crushing of dissent in the 1950s impoverished political discourse in ways that are still being felt, and First Amendment academic freedom, a product of that period, is in peril today. In compelling terms, this book shows why the issue should matter to everyone.

Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States

Author: Alexis Dudden

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023151204X

Category: History

Page: 184

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Whether it's the Vatican addressing its role in the Second World War or the United States atoning for its treatment of native Hawai'ian islanders, apologizing for history has become a standard feature of the international political scene. As Alexis Dudden makes clear, interrogating this process is crucial to understanding the value of the political apology to the state. When governments apologize for past crimes, they take away the substance of apology that victims originally wanted for themselves. They rob victims of the dignity they seek while affording the state a new means with which to legitimize itself. Examining the interplay between political apology and apologetic history, Dudden focuses on the problematic relationship binding Japanese imperialism, South Korean state building, and American power in Asia. She examines this history through diplomatic, cultural, and social considerations in the postwar era and argues that the process of apology has created a knot from which none of these countries can escape without undoing decades of mythmaking.

From Roosevelt to Truman

Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War

Author: Wilson D. Miscamble

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521862442

Category: History

Page: 393

View: 3565

From Roosevelt to Truman initially investigates Truman's foreign policy background and then examines the legacy that FDR bequeathed to him.

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