Blackett: Physics, War, and Politics in the Twentieth Century by Mary Jo Nye | 9780674015487 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Blackett: Physics, War, and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Blackett: Physics, War, and Politics in the Twentieth Century

by Mary Jo Nye
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674015487

ISBN-13: 9780674015487

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This lively biography captures the many facets of P. M. S. Blackett, one of the most brilliant and controversial physicists of the twentieth century. Nobel laureate, leader of operational research during the Second World War, scientific advisor to the British government, President of the Royal Society, member of the House of Lords, Blackett was also denounced as a

Overview

This lively biography captures the many facets of P. M. S. Blackett, one of the most brilliant and controversial physicists of the twentieth century. Nobel laureate, leader of operational research during the Second World War, scientific advisor to the British government, President of the Royal Society, member of the House of Lords, Blackett was also denounced as a Stalinist apologist for opposing American and British development of atomic weapons, subjected to FBI surveillance, and named as a fellow traveler on George Orwell's infamous list. His service as a British Royal Navy officer in the First World War prepared Blackett to take a scientific advisory role on military matters in the mid-1930s. An international leader in the experimental techniques of the cloud chamber, he was a pioneer in the application of magnetic evidence for the geophysical theory of continental drift. But his strong political stands made him a polarizing influence, and the decisions he made capture the complexity of living a prominent twentieth-century scientific life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674015487
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Life of Controversy

1. The Shaping of a Scientific Politics: From the Royal Navy to the British Left, 1914-1945

2. Laboratory Life and the Craft of Nuclear Physics, 1921-1947

3. Corridors of Power: Operational Research and Atomic Weapons, 1936-1962

4. Temptations of Theory, Strategies of Evidence: Investigating the Earth's Magnetism, 1947-1952

5. "Reading Ourselves into the Subject": Geophysics and the Revival of Continental Drift, 1951-1965

6. Scientific Leadership: Recognition, Organization, Policy, 1945-1974

Conclusion: Style and Character in a Scientific Life

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

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