Physics and National Socialism: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Google eBook)

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Klaus Hentschel
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 1996 - Business & Economics - 406 pages
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This anthology of primary sources is a collection of 121 documents in English translation portraying the role of physics, both perceived and actual, in the Nazi state. These texts were written predominantly by influential German scientists, particularly physicists, both inside and outside Germany in the period from 1933 to 1945. The semipopular articles, private correspondence, and official memoranda selected for the volume reflect the contemporary developments in science as well as the change in political climate and working conditions after the National Socialists' rise to power. The extensive annotation is clearly distinguished from the original text, and the appendix provides an aid to the reader, with biographical information on the more important figures and brief outlines of frequently mentioned institutions, journals and companies. The introduction surveys the latest results in the secondary literature and covers the historiography of National Socialism in Germany, with special emphasis on the history of science; National Socialist science policy and its impact on physical instruction and research, including statistics on vacant chairs, students, and research; recent emigration research on physicists and scientists from related fields after 1933; physical research conducted between 1933 and 1945 in Germany, especially in weapons technology; the changing attitude of scientists in Germany towards the official science policy; the policies of specific German scientific institutions in the Nazi state, such as the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gesellschaft, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut of Physics, and the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsansta
  

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Contents

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Dr. Klaus Hentschel
University of Berne
Switzerland Klaus Hentschel has been teaching history of science since 1990 as assistant professor and guest professor at the Universities of Hamburg, Gottingen and Stuttgart. With a senior research grant by the German National Research Association (DFG) and under the auspices of the University of
Berne, Switzerland, he recently wrote a major study on the taxonomic arguments about the classification of radiant heat, light, and other forms of radiation between 1700 and 1900.

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