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Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

By Ray Monk

An unforgettable tale of discovery and unbelievable destruction and a huge biography of 1 of America’s so much brilliant—and so much divisive—scientists, Robert Oppenheimer: A lifestyles contained in the Center vividly illuminates the fellow who might move down in historical past as “the father of the atomic bomb.” Oppenheimer’s expertise and force secured him a spot within the pantheon of significant physicists and carried him to the laboratories the place the secrets and techniques of the universe published themselves. yet in addition they led him to give a contribution to the advance of the deadliest weapon in the world, a discovery he quickly got here to worry. His makes an attempt to withstand the escalation of the chilly warfare fingers race—coupled with political leanings at odds with post-war America—led many to query his loyalties, and taken down upon him the total strength of McCarthyite anti-communism. Digging deeply into Oppenheimer’s previous to resolve the enigma of his motivations and his advanced character, Ray Monk uncovers the extreme, captivating, tortured man—and the awesome mind—who essentially reshaped the world. 

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