Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius

Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius

by Silvan S. Schweber
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Harvard University Press

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Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius

Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, two iconic scientists of the twentieth century, belonged to different generations, with the boundary marked by the advent of quantum mechanics. By exploring how these men differed-in their worldview, in their work, and in their day-this book provides powerful insights into the lives of two critical figures and into the scientific culture of their times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674028289
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Albert Einstein and Nuclear Weapons 33

Einstein and the Atomic Bomb 42

After Hiroshima and Nagasaki 62

Einstein on World Government 74

Hydrogen Bombs 81

Individual versus Collective Stands 87

The Einstein-Russell Manifesto 91

Epilogue 96

2 Albert Einstein and the Founding of Brandeis University lot 101

Israel Goldstein 106

Rabbinic Connections 109

The Harold Laski Episode 118

Denouement 122

Epilogue 133

3 J. Robert Oppenheimer: Proteus Unbound 136

The Early Years 138

Becoming a Physicist: Oppenheimer and His School 144

Los Alamos 156

The Postwar Years 165

Hydrogen Bombs 177

Epilogue 188

4 J. Robert Oppenheimer and American Pragmatism 195

The Director's Fund 204

Philosophy 212

Harvard Overseer 216

The William James Lectures 223

Epilogue 238

5 Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the Extension of Physics 239

Unification 239

Einstein and Unification 243

The MIT Centennial Celebration 246

A Bird's-Eye View of General Relativity, 1915-1960 255

Epilogue 262

6 Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the Meaning of Community 265

The Einstein-Oppenheimer Interaction 265

Eulogies and Memorial Speeches 275

Roots and Tradition 282

Philosophy 299

Epilogue 304

Some Concluding Remarks 309

Appendix: The Russell-Einstein Manifesto 317

Notes 321

Bibliography 379

Acknowledgments 401

Index 405

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