Oppenheimer : The Tragic Intellect / Charles Thorpe.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 
1 online resource (446 p.)
- Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967.
Physicists -- United States -- Biography.
Scientists -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Science -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Science and state -- United States.
Atomic bomb -- United States -- History.
- Electronic books.
- At a time when the Manhattan Project was synonymous with large-scale science, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–67) represented the new sociocultural power of the American intellectual. Catapulted to fame as director of the Los Alamos atomic weapons laboratory, Oppenheimer occupied a key position in the compact between science and the state that developed out of World War II. By tracing the making—and unmaking—of Oppenheimer's wartime and postwar scientific identity, Charles Thorpe illustrates the struggles over the role of the scientist in relation to nuclear weapons, the state, and cultu
1. Introduction: Charisma, Self, and Sociological Biography
2. Struggling for Self
3. Confronting the World
4. King of the Hill
5. Against Time
6. Power and Vocation
7. "I Was an Idiot"
8. The Last Intellectual?
Appendix: Interviews by the Author
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -396) and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7208/9780226798486 doi
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