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J. Robert Oppenheimer A Life

Biography / Memoir
By: Abraham Pais
368 pages, no illustrations
J. Robert Oppenheimer
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  • J. Robert Oppenheimer ISBN: 9780195327120 Paperback Aug 2007 Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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  • J. Robert Oppenheimer ISBN: 9780195166736 Hardback May 2006 Out of Print #160451
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The late Abraham Pais wrote the definitive biography of Albert Einstein, "Subtle is the Lord" which won an American Book Award. As a distinguished physicist and Einstein's colleague, Pais combined a sophisticated understanding of physics with first-hand knowledge of this notoriously private individual, offering rare insights into both. It is his unique double perspective that makes his work so valuable. Now Abraham Pais offers an illuminating portrait of another eminent colleague, J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures of modern physics. 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, almost single-handedly putting American physics on the map.

Pais paints a revealing portrait of Oppenheimer's life in Los Alamos, where in twenty remarkable, feverish months, under his inspired leadership, the first atomic bomb was designed and built, a success that made Oppenheimer America's most famous scientist. Pais, who was his next-door neighbor for many years, describes Oppenheimer's long tenure as Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, but also shows how Oppenheimer's intensity and arrogance won him powerful enemies, who would ultimately make him one of the principal victims of the Red Scare of the 1950s.

Told with compassion and deep insight, "J. Robert Oppenheimer" is the most comprehensive biography of the great physicist available. It is Abraham Pais's final work, completed after his death by Robert P. Crease, an acclaimed historian of science in his own right.

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Biography / Memoir
By: Abraham Pais
368 pages, no illustrations
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"An indispensable new look at the ever-enigmatic Oppenheimer."--Booklist (starred review)
"A gripping review of the man who really created the atomic bomb and fought to stop the hydrogen bomb. Read this book and find out why."--"Talk of the Town" (WTVF)
"Abraham Pais, master of the scientific biography, waited 20 years before tackling his enigmatic neighbor and friend at Princeton.... Faithfully supplemented by historian Robert P. Crease, the result is a personal recollection as tormented as the atomic father's own soul."--Seed Magazine
"J. Robert Oppenheimer was an extraordinarily brilliant and complex man. In this book Abraham Pais and Robert Crease take a kaleidoscopic approach to his life, shedding insightful light on the personality and the times of the scientist who played such an important role in the future destiny of mankind."--C. N. Yang

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