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Einstein and Oppenheimer

The Meaning of Genius

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674034525

Publication Date: 03/30/2010

Academic Trade

432 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 halftones


  • 1. Einstein and Nuclear Weapons
    • Introduction
    • Einstein and the Atomic Bomb
    • After Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    • Einstein on World Government
    • Hydrogen Bombs
    • Individual versus Collective Stands
    • The Einstein–Russell Manifesto
    • Epilogue
  • 2. Einstein and the Founding of Brandeis University
    • Introduction
    • Israel Goldstein
    • Rabbinic Connections
    • The Harold Laski Episode
    • Denouement
    • Epilogue
  • 3. J. Robert Oppenheimer: Proteus Unbound
    • Introduction
    • The Early Years
    • Becoming a Physicist: Oppenheimer and His School
    • Los Alamos
    • The Postwar Years
    • Hydrogen Bombs
    • Epilogue
  • 4. J. Robert Oppenheimer and American Pragmatism
    • The Director’s Fund
    • Philosophy
    • Harvard Overseer
    • The William James Lectures
  • 5. Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the Extension of Physics
    • Unification
    • Einstein and Unification
    • The MIT Centennial Celebration.
    • A Bird’s-eye View of General Relativity, 1915–1960
  • 6. Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the Meaning of Community
    • The Einstein–Oppenheimer Interaction
    • Eulogies and Memorial Speeches
    • Roots and Tradition
    • Philosophy
    • Epilogue
  • Some Concluding Remarks
  • Appendix: The Russell–Einstein Manifesto
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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