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J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life
     

J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life

by Abraham Pais, Robert P. Crease
 

ISBN-10: 0195327128

ISBN-13: 9780195327120

Pub. Date: 06/25/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Late Abraham Pais wrote the definitive biography of Albert Einstein, Subtle is the Lord, which won an American Book Award. Now Pais offers an illuminating portrait of another eminent physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures of modern science. Pais introduces us to a precocious youth who sped through Harvard in three years

Overview

The Late Abraham Pais wrote the definitive biography of Albert Einstein, Subtle is the Lord, which won an American Book Award. Now Pais offers an illuminating portrait of another eminent physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures of modern science. Pais introduces us to a precocious youth who sped through Harvard in three years, made signal contributions to quantum mechanics while in his twenties, and was instrumental in the growth of American physics in the decade before the Second World War, almost single-handedly putting American physics on the map. Pais paints a revealing portrait of Oppenheimer's life in Los Alamos, where in twenty remarkable, feverish months, under his inspired leadership, the first atomic bomb was designed and built, a success that made Oppenheimer America's most famous scientist. Pais, who was his next-door neighbor for many years, describes Oppenheimer's long tenure as Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton. But Pais also shows how Oppenheimer's intensity and arrogance won him powerful enemies, who would ultimately make him one of the principal victims of the Red Scare of the 1950s. Told with compassion and deep insight, J. Robert Oppenheimer is the most comprehensive biography of the great physicist available. It is Abraham Pais's final work, completed after his death by Robert P. Crease, an acclaimed historian of science in his own right.

About the Author:
Abraham Pais was Detlev W. Bronk Professor Emeritus at The Rockefeller University in New York City

About the Author:
Robert P. Crease is Chairman of and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the StateUniversity of New York, Stony Brook, and historian at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195327120
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2007
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Forward, Ida Nicolaisen
Preface, Robert P. Crease
1. First Encounters
2. Background: Early Years
3. University Studies
4. Postdoctural Studies: Harvard-Caltech-Leiden, Zurich
5. the California Professor as Teacher
6. The California Professor as Researcher: More on QED, Cosmic Rays, Electron-Positron Theory, Nuclear Physics, Shower Theory, Mesons, Astrophysics and Cosmology
7. Oppenheimer's Opinion on His own Teaching and Research in California
8. Personal Life in the 1930s
9. The Shatter of Worlds
10. In Which Oppenheimer Enters the World Stage
11. An Atomic Scientist's Credo
12. The Institute Prior to Oppenheimer's Arrival: the Flexnor Years-The Aydellotte Years
13. In Which Oppenheimer is Elected Director of the Institute and Chairman of the General Advisory Committee
14. Oppenheimer's Early Years as Institute Director
15. Oppenheimer and the World of Physics: 1946-1954 "The Great Charismatic Figure"
16. Further on Oppenheimer the Man
17. Atomic Politics in the Early Postwar Years
18. Of the First Serious Enemies and of the First Russian A-Bomb
19. Of the Superbomb and of Spy Stories
20. The New Super
21. Atomic Politics in the Early 1950s
22. In Which the Excrement Hits the Ventilator
23. In Which the News of Hearings Is Made Public
Supplemental Material, Robert Crease
24. "Open Book": The Hearing in the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer
25. No Final Judgement
26. Insider Exile
27. Cloaked Mountain Peak
Notes
Principal Sources Used
Index

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