The War Scientists: The Brains Behind Military Technologies of Destruction and Defense

Overview

The War Scientists puts inventors of world-changing military technologies under the microscope. In doing so, it reveals the faces behind these innovations. Craughwell examines their motivations, loyalties and passions, and sets out to investigate why they used their intellect in the service of war. The War Scientists discusses the scientists’ personalities, education and ethics. It examines the impact of these inventions, as well as their place in scientific progress and integration into mainstream technology. ...

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Overview

The War Scientists puts inventors of world-changing military technologies under the microscope. In doing so, it reveals the faces behind these innovations. Craughwell examines their motivations, loyalties and passions, and sets out to investigate why they used their intellect in the service of war. The War Scientists discusses the scientists’ personalities, education and ethics. It examines the impact of these inventions, as well as their place in scientific progress and integration into mainstream technology. The stories told represent the paradox of science, with all its potential for good and evil.

Beginning in the third century BC and bringing us up to modern times, The War Scientists presents 25 fascinating true stories, including:

  • Archimedes, c. 287–212 BC, Greek mathematician Considered to be one of the greatest scientists of his day Archimedes is credited with inventing machines that could lift enemy ships out of water, and ignite ships employing an array of mirrors.
  • Alfred Nobel, 1833–1896, Swedish chemist, and humanitarian Alfred Nobel invented dynamite—yet set aside a $9 million bequest for a foundation to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.
  • Robert Watson-Watt, 1892–1973, British engineer Watson-Watt’s invention of radar proved  instrumental during the Battle of Britain and its use as an advance warning system saved countless lives.
  • Wernher von Braun, 1912–1977, German rocket scientist One-time Nazi and SS officer, von Braun surrendered to the U.S. in 1945—he then went on to serve as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and became the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the super booster that thrust Apollo toward the Moon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435132634
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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