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Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe

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On the fiftieth anniversary of Hiroshima, Nobel-winning physicist Hans Bethe called on his fellow scientists to stop working on weapons of mass destruction. What drove Bethe, the head of Theoretical Physics at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, to renounce the weaponry he had once worked so tirelessly to create? That is one of the questions answered by "Nuclear Force ...more
Hardcover, 579 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Harvard University Press (first published June 13th 2012)
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Charles Kerns
The author starts by presenting an apology for writing biography, considered by him and his fellow academics as the lowest form of history. He then tries to make up for his choice by writing the dryest, dullest bio ever written. I gave it two stars because the subject, Bethe, was not dull: he calculated how to build the A-bomb, struggled with Teller, came to Oppenheimer's defence in the witchhunt, and opposed nuclear weapons, later in life. The recounting of Bethe's life, however, reads like a s ...more
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