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Jan. 9th, 2005

08:40 pm - Death and Birth

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Date:January 10th, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
I recommend "Brotherhood of the Bomb" as another really sad tale of the US Government, including the FBI, ruining the careers and lives of various people who had worked so selflessly on the nuclear bomb project during the second World War. Most people know about what happened to Robert Oppenheimer, but I was surprised to see how pervasive the "better dead than red" attitude was during the Cold War and how many people suffered under it.
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Date:January 10th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
Wow, the anti-leftist bias in the amazon editorial review is THICK. Geez.

Edward Teller gave a lecture at IMSA in 1992 and then stuck around and taught Topics in Modern Physics for 2 weeks. What a strange mixed blessing that was. One of the most brilliant men of the 20th century collaborating and sharing with us but also the man behind the H-bomb, the betrayal of Oppenheimer, the notion that hydrogen bombs might have civil uses (like redirecting the flow of rivers!) and the star wars project. I wish we had all been more conscious of the complex moral issues surrounding this man's life at the time. There was some brief and minor protest and student newspaper editorial activity but it mostly passed over everyone's heads (mine included).
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