J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century

J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century

by David C. Cassidy
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Johns Hopkins University Press

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J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century

David C. Cassidy’s celebrated biography is more than the life story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant physicist who served as scientific director for the Manhattan Project. It also tells the hidden story of the political and social forces that shaped the world in the 20th century, when the rise of American science contributed mightily to the country’s emergence as a dominant power in world affairs.

Cassidy explores that strong relationship in the captivating story of the rise and fall of one of America’s greatest scientists. As head of the Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer led the country's successful effort to build the first atom bomb during World War II. In 1954 the government—with the United States embroiled in the Cold War—stripped him of his security clearance amid allegations that he consorted with communists. In rich detail Cassidy places this personal story of public disgrace within the larger narrative of the rise of science in America.

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ISBN-13: 9780801893179
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Edition description: 20
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Coming to America 1

2 Ethically Cultured 15

3 Ethically Schooled 33

4 The Damning Lie 47

5 Summa Cum Laude 61

6 Getting Near the Center 79

7 A Taste for Physics 105

8 Coming of Age 117

9 Professor of Physics 133

10 Cosmic Connections 159

11 Depression and War 181

12 The Organic Necessity 211

13 Dropping the Bomb 237

14 Icon of Physics 253

15 State Scientist 267

16 Good Soldiers 285

17 Insecurity Hearings 305

18 Exile 327

Appendix 1 353

Appendix 2 355

Appendix 3 357

Appendix 4 359

Notes 363

Bibliography 425

Index 441

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