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Memoirs : A Twentieth Century Journey In Science And Politics - Edward Teller


A Twentieth Century Journey In Science And Politics

Paperback Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9780738207780
Number Of Pages: 672

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Edward Teller is perhaps best known for his belief in freedom through strong defence. But this extraordinary memoir at last reveals the man behind the headlines- passionate and humorous, devoted and loyal. Never before has Teller told his story as fully as he does here. We learn his true position on everything from the bombing of Japan to the pursuit of weapons research in the post-war years. In clear and compelling prose, Teller chronicles the people and events that shaped him as a scientist, beginning with his early love of music and math, and continuing with his study of quantum physics under Werner Heisenberg. He also describes his relationships with some of the century's greatest minds- Einstein, Bohr, Fermi, Szilard, von Neumann- and offers an honest assessment of the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, the founding of Lawrence Livermore laboratory, and his complicated relationship with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Rich and humanizing, this candid memoir describes the events that led Edward Teller to be honoured or abhorred, and provides a fascinating perspective on the ability of a single individual to affect the course of history.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
How Many Seconds in a Year? (1908-1913)p. 3
Learning About War, Revolution, and Peace (1914-1919)p. 8
The Other Side of the War Years (1914-1919)p. 17
Romanian Interlude (1919-1920)p. 24
My Name is KoKo (1920-1925)p. 31
How to Become a Physicist the Hard Way (1926-1928)p. 42
Brave New World (1928-1929)p. 53
Journeymen Year in Physics (1929-1930)p. 64
The Pleasures of Small Successes (1930-1933)p. 72
The Future Becomes Obvious (1933)p. 82
Copenhagen (1933-1934)p. 94
The Joy of Being a Foreigner (1934-1935)p. 109
First Years in the United States (1935-1941)p. 122
Fission (1939-1941)p. 138
Academicians Go to Work (1941-1943)p. 153
Settling in at Los Alamos (March 1943-November 1943)p. 166
On and Off the Mesa (November 1943-January 1945)p. 184
An End, A Beginning (1945)p. 198
Give It Back to the Indians (1945-1946)p. 213
Incomplete Answers (1946)p. 228
Among Friends From Home (February 1946-June 1949)p. 239
The Reactor Safeguard Committee (1947-1949)p. 263
Twenty Years Too Soon (June 1949-January 1950)p. 273
Our Doubts Have a Firm Foundation (1950)p. 291
Damn the Torpedoes (November 1950-April 1951)p. 309
Pleasures in the Pacific, Perils at Princeton (April 1951-September 1951)p. 320
The Campaign for a Second Weapons Laboratory (November 1951-July 1952)p. 330
The New Wheel Spins a Bit (1952-1954)p. 343
Other Nuclear Affairs (1949-1955)p. 360
The Oppenheimer Hearing (April 12, 1954-May 6, 1954)p. 369
Sequelae (June 1954-February 1955)p. 385
Three Friends (August 1954-August 1958)p. 402
Down to Earth (1955-1958)p. 415
The Directorship (1958-1960)p. 436
A Few Lessons in Political Affairs (1955-1960)p. 453
The Temperature of the Cold War Rises (1960-1965)p. 461
Educating Inventive Engineers (1961-1975)p. 476
Uphill (1964-1972)p. 492
Choices, Critical and Otherwise (1973-1979)p. 514
Strategic Defense (1980-1992)p. 525
Other Issues--Public and Private (1980-1990)p. 541
Homecoming (1990-2000)p. 551
Epiloguep. 562
In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimerp. 570
Indexp. 603
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ISBN: 9780738207780
ISBN-10: 0738207780
Series: Twentieth Century Journey in Science and Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 1st November 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.3  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.95
Edition Number: 1