Pandora's Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb
There Were Nine of Them: men with the names Oppenheimer, Teller, Fermi, Bohr, Lawrence, Bethe, Rabi, Szilard, and Compton-brilliant men who believed in science and who saw before anyone else did the awesome workings of an invisible world. They came from many places, some fleeing Nazism in Europe, others quietly slipping out of university teaching jobs, all gathering in secret wartime laboratories to create the world's first atomic bomb. At one such place hidden away in the mountains of northern New Mexico-Los Alamos-they would crack the secret of the nuclear chain reaction and construct a device that incinerated a city and melted its victims so thoroughly that the only thing left was their scorched outlines on the sidewalks. During the war, few of the atomic scientists questioned the wisdom of their desperate endeavor. But afterward, they were forced to deal with the sobering legacy of their creation. Some were haunted by the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and would become anti-nuclear weapons activists; others would go on to build bigger and even deadlier bombs. Some would remain friends; others would become bitter rivals and enemies. In explaining their lives and their struggles, Brian VanDeMark superbly illuminates the ways in which these brilliant and sensitive men came to terms with their horrific creation. The result is spectacular history and a moral investigation of the highest order.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
AIP Emilio Segrč Alamos American arms race Arthur Compton asked atomic bomb atomic scientists atomic weapons Author’s interview began believe Berkeley Bethe Bethe’s Bohr’s bomb’s chain reaction Chicago colleagues Committee Communist destruction Edward Teller Einstein Emilio Segrč Emilio Segrč Visual Enrico Fermi Ernest Lawrence explosion fear feel felt fission Frank Germany going Groves Hans Bethe hearing hereafter cited Hiroshima human I. I. Rabi Ibid international control Japan JROP July knew Laboratory later Lawrence’s Leo Szilard letter Los Alamos Manhattan Project MDLOC MEDR military moral Nagasaki National Nazi neutrons Niels Bohr nuclear weapons Oppenheimer’s physicists pile plutonium political President problems Quoted Rabi’s Rad Lab Robb Robert Oppenheimer Roosevelt Russians scientific seemed Segrč Visual Archives sense Soviet Union Stimson Strauss superbomb talk things thought told Truman U.S. Atomic Energy United University uranium wanted Washington World Destroyed wrote