Abraham Pais offers an illuminating biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Pais introduces us to a precocious youth who sped through Harvard in three years, made signal contributions to quantum mechanics while in his twenties, and was instrumental in the growth of American physics in the decade before the Second World War. Pais paints a revealing portrait of Oppenheimer's life in Los Alamos, the first atomic bomb was designed and built, a success that made Oppenheimer America's most famous scientist. The author also describes Oppenheimer's long tenure as Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, showing how Oppenheimer's intensity and arrogance won him powerful enemies.
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Oxford University Press
April 01, 2006
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