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Oppenheimer The Tragic Intellect

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ISBN-10: 0226798461

ISBN-13: 9780226798462

Edition: 2008

Authors: Charles Thorpe

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At a time when the Manhattan Project was synonymous with largescale science, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67) represented the new sociocultural power of the American intellectual. Catapulted to fame as director of the Los Alamos atomic weapons laboratory, Oppenheimer occupied a key position in the compact between science and the state that developed out of World War II. By tracing the making-and unmaking-of Oppenheimer's wartime and postwar scientific identity, Charles Thorpe illustrates the struggles over the role of the scientist in relation to nuclear weapons, the state, and culture.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction: Charisma, Self, and Sociological Biography
Struggling for Self
Confronting the World
King of the Hill
Against Time
Power and Vocation
"I Was an Idiot"
The Last Intellectual?
Interviews by the Author