Inside The Centre

The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Ray Monk

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448162254

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 832

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J. Robert Oppenheimer is among the most contentious and important figures of the twentieth century. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis to develop the first atomic bomb – a breakthrough which was to have eternal ramifications for mankind, and made Oppenheimer the 'father of the Bomb'. But his was not a simple story of assimilation, scientific success and world fame. A complicated and fragile personality, the implications of the discoveries at Los Alamos were to weigh heavily upon him. Having formed suspicious connections in the 1930s, in the wake of the Allied victory in World War Two, Oppenheimer’s attempts to resist the escalation of the Cold War arms race would lead many to question his loyalties – and set him on a collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunters.
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The Perfect Theory

A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity

Author: Pedro G. Ferreira

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547554893

Category: Science

Page: 288

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A narrative chronicle of Einstein's theory of general relativity discusses the ideological battles that have surrounded it, exploring how the theory has been denounced, overlooked and embraced by forefront names in 20th-century physics throughout their collective effort to define the history of the universe. 25,000 first printing.
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The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth-Century England

Author: Claire Preston

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198704801

Category: Didactic literature

Page: 304

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Since the Enlightenment we have sharply divided the scientific from the imaginative -- the lab report and the novel are two quite different species. But this is a modern, imposed division. Early-modern scientists had no conventional way of talking about their work, and no one told the poets, dramatists, satirists, and novelists that science was off limits in their work. This book examines the way that scientists in the 16th and 17th centuries, who had not studied'science' formally at school or university, used the verbal tools of their highly literary education to formulate ideas about physics, astronomy, biology, medicine, and chemistry. Their science issurprisingly literary. At the same time, the remarkable developments in seventeenth-century science inspired non-scientific writers, who energetically adapted the experiments, behaviour, ambitions, and characters of scientists like Boyle and Newton to make new and exciting fictions of discovery, to make fun of those same activities, and to shape the way we understand scientific process.
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The Hope And Vision Of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Author: Day Michael A

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814656763

Category: Science

Page: 284

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Incorporating elements from history, science, philosophy and international relations theory, this book takes a fresh look at the life and thought of Robert Oppenheimer.The author argues that not only are Oppenheimer's ideas important, engaging and relevant, but also more coherent than generally assumed. He makes a convincing case that Oppenheimer has much to say about 21st century issues, and his voice should be brought back into the public forum.The book recovers and reconstructs what Oppenheimer said and wrote during the 1940s, 50s and 60s (i.e., his hope and vision) with the goal of identifying what might be of general philosophical interest today. It considers not only Oppenheimer's thought, but also his life using philosophical ideas developed by contemporary philosophers.In addition, to deepen and broaden the discussion and demonstrate the relevance of Oppenheimer's vision for the present, the author analyzes his views using contemporary international relations theory with a special emphasis on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. This examination reveals ways in which Oppenheimer's reasoning was prescient of current work being carried out to control, and possibly move beyond, the nuclear revolution.
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Critical Narrative as Pedagogy

Author: Ivor Goodson,Scherto Gill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623565405

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Ivor Goodson and Scherto Gill analyse and discuss a series of trans-disciplinary case studies from diverse cultures and argue that narrative is not only a rich and profound way for humans to make sense of their lives, but also in itself a process of pedagogical encounter, learning and transformation. As pedagogic sites, life narratives allow the individual to critically examine their 'scripts' for learning which are encapsulated in their thought processes, discourses, beliefs and values. Goodson and Gill show how narratives can help educators and students shift from a disenfranchised tradition to one of empowerment. This unique book brings together case studies of life narratives as an approach to learning and meaning-making in different disciplines and cultural settings, including teacher education, adult learning, (auto)biographical writing, psychotherapy, intercultural learning and community development. Educators, researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines will find the case studies collected in this book helpful in expanding their understanding of the potential of narrative as a phenomenon, as methodology, and as pedagogy.
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Inventing Los Alamos

The Growth of an Atomic Community

Author: Jon Hunner

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806148063

Category: History

Page: 304

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A social history of New Mexico’s “Atomic City” Los Alamos, New Mexico, birthplace of the Atomic Age, is the community that revolutionized modern weaponry and science. An “instant city,” created in 1943, Los Alamos quickly grew to accommodate six thousand people—scientists and experts who came to work in the top-secret laboratories, others drawn by jobs in support industries, and the families. How these people, as a community, faced both the fevered rush to create an atomic bomb and the intensity of the subsequent cold-war era is the focus of Jon Hunner’s fascinating narrative history. Much has been written about scientific developments at Los Alamos, but until this book little has been said about the community that fostered them. Using government records and the personal accounts of early residents, Inventing Los Alamos, traces the evolution of the town during its first fifteen years as home to a national laboratory and documents the town’s creation, the lives of the families who lived there, and the impact of this small community on the Atomic Age.
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History of the Theatre

Author: Oscar Gross Brockett

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 675

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Revised and updated edition (fifth, 1987) of a standard textbook describes and traces the major developments in the theatre from its beginnings until early 1990. The primary emphasis is on the European tradition, with a secondary emphasis on the Oriental tradition. Thoroughly illustrated. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2008

Author: C. Alan Joyce

Publisher: World Almanac Education

ISBN: 9781600570735

Category: History

Page: 1008

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Features information on nations, states, and cities, celebrities, sports, consumerism, the arts, health and nutrition, United States and world history, and numerous other subjects
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Hiroshima

The World's Bomb

Author: Andrew J. Rotter

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019157791X

Category: History

Page: 384

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The US decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 remains one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. However, the controversy over the rights and wrongs of dropping the bomb has tended to obscure a number of fundamental and sobering truths about the development of this fearsome weapon. The principle of killing thousands of enemy civilians from the air was already well established by 1945 and had been practised on numerous occasions by both sides during the Second World War. Moreover, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was conceived and built by an international community of scientists, not just by the Americans. Other nations (including Japan and Germany) were also developing atomic bombs in the first half of the 1940s, albeit hapharzardly. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine any combatant nation foregoing the use of the bomb during the war had it been able to obtain one. The international team of scientists organized by the Americans just got there first. As this fascinating new history shows, the bomb dropped by a US pilot that hot August morning in 1945 was in many ways the world's offspring, in both a technological and a moral sense. And it was the world that would have to face its consequences, strategically, diplomatically, and culturally, in the years ahead.
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J. Robert Oppenheimer

Shatterer of Worlds

Author: Peter Goodchild

Publisher: Fromm International

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 301

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Interviews and newly released FBI material help to answer questions about the life, personality, and work of the man who headed the Los Alamos atom-bomb project and was later dismissed as a security risk
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