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Oppenheimer The Tragic Intellect

ISBN-10: 0226798461

ISBN-13: 9780226798462

Edition: 2008

Authors: Charles Thorpe

List price: $32.00
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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

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index