Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II

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Simon and Schuster, May 6, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course of history.

Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure Alfred Lee Loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twentieth century—Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, and others—at his state-of-the-art laboratory in Tuxedo Park, New York, in the late 1930s. He established a top-secret defense laboratory at MIT and personally bankrolled pioneering research into new, high-powered radar detection systems that helped defeat the German Air Force and U-boats. With Ernest Lawrence, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist, he pushed Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fund research in nuclear fission, which led to the development of the atomic bomb.

Jennet Conant, the granddaughter of James Bryant Conant, one of the leading scientific advisers of World War II, enjoyed unprecedented access to Loomis’ papers, as well as to people intimately involved in his life and work. She pierces through Loomis’ obsessive secrecy and illuminates his role in assuring the Allied victory.
 

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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating biography of Alfred Loomis. It goes into a fair amount of detail on the technical aspects of his work, which might leave some feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, the story of his involvement in critical research during WWII is well worth the effort. Read full review

TUXEDO PARK: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of World War II

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An examination of the remarkable role of the shadowy but powerful "amateur physicist" whose intellect and energy spurred critical scientific research that shortened and helped win WWII.The author ... Read full review

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Contents

The Patron
1
Bred in the Bone
16
The Power Broker
37
Palace of Science
55
Cash on the Barrel
80
Restless Energy
108
The Big Machine
133
Echoes of War
154
The Blitz
225
Minister Without Portfolio
254
Last of the Great Amateurs
267
Epilogue
306
Alfred L Loomis Scientific Publications
315
Authors Note on Sources
319
Acknowledgments
327
Index
329

Precious Cargo
179

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About the author (2003)

Jennet Conant is the author of Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Navigating a Dangerous Era and the New York Times bestsellers The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington and Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II. She has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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