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Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project, 1939-1945: A Study in German Culture
No one better represents the plight and the conduct of German intellectuals under Hitler than Werner Heisenberg, whose task it was to build an atomic bomb for Nazi Germany. The controversy surrounding Heisenberg still rages, because of the nature of his work and the regime for which it was undertaken. What precisely did Heisenberg know about the physics of the atomic bomb? ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published October 16th 1998 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 1998)
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Very interesting read for those interested in history of science and how science intersects morality (or lack of it) and politics. Book is very damning of Heisenberg's behavior during and after nazi years and I think the criticism is convincing. Especially damning are the quotations from Farm Hall transcripts that reveal bizarrely distorted moral landscape. Technical discussions of German failure in atomic bomb project was interesting, but pales in comparison with the discussions about opportuni ...more