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Overview

Dialogue in science is essential for progress. But when dialogue becomes conflict or further intensifies to persecution the situation is harmful not only to science, but also to the wider society in which science exists. This is true whether the conflict is internal, in the case of Boltzmann, or external, as with Galileo and Oppenheimer against their respective authorities.

Physicists in Conflict: From Antiquity to the New Millennium examines the nature of conflict in science through examples chosen from the history of physics. These cases fall into three broad themes: physicists in conflict with religion, conflict between physicists on significant scientific issues, and physicists in conflict with each other and politicians on matters of public policy with scientific content. Conflict is singled out as a common element in otherwise disparate areas precisely because it has characteristics that are common to the different cases, and sometimes the similarities are remarkable, such as in the cases of Galileo and Oppenheimer.

The book is suitable for general readers with an interest in physics as well as for undergraduate physics students and professional physicists. It will also be of interest to those working in the fields of peace and conflict studies.

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Porter, best known for his work on magnetic monopoles and black holes, explores the nature of conflict beyond constructive dialogue in three domains of physics: with religion (e.g. Galileo); between physicists on key scientific issues (Galileo and Kepler); and internally and externally on public policy matters (Oppenheimer, Teller, and the Atomic Energy Commission). Of interest to physicists and general readers (for whom there is a glossary). Includes b&w photos and graphics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750305099
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Religion Rampant: Hypatia, Roger Bacon, Giordano Bruno
Galileo and the Inquisition
Kepler
Internal Conflict
The Atomic Theory and Positivist Philosophy
N-Rays
Einstein and the Copenhagen School
Oppenheimer and the AEC
Blackett, Cherwell, Tizard: Operational Research and Total War
The Big Bang versus Continuous Creation
Multiple versus Plural Photon and Particle Production
Missing Magnetic Monopoles
Conclusions
Postscript References
Glossary
Bibliographical Discussion
Bibliography
Index
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