Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 396 pages
As a young man Frank Oppenheimer followed in his famous brother’s footsteps—growing up in a privileged Manhattan household, becoming a physicist, working on the atomic bomb. Tragically, Frank and Robert both had their careers destroyed by the Red Scare. But their paths diverged. While Robert died an almost ruined man, Frank came into his own, emerging from ten years of exile on a Colorado ranch to create not just a multimillion dollar institution but also a revolution that was felt all over the world. His Exploratorium was a "museum of human awareness" that combined art and science while it encouraged play, experimentation, and a sense of joy and wonder; its success inspired a transformation in museums around the globe. In many ways it was Frank’s answer to the atom bomb. K. C. Cole—a friend and colleague of Frank’s for many years—has drawn from letters, documents, and extensive interviews to write a very personal story of the man whose irrepressible spirit would inspire so many.
 

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An admiring biography of Frank Oppenheimer (1912-1985) by a friend and colleague, science writer Cole (Journalism/Univ. of Southern California; Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos, 2003 ... Read full review

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Physicist Frank Oppenheimer has long been overshadowed by his controversial older brother, Robert, the "father of the atomic bomb," although his scientific career was also destroyed by the Red Scare ... Read full review

Contents

Palace of Delights
3
A Little Royal Family
26
The Uncle of the Atom Bomb
51
UnAmerican
75
Exile
101
An Intellectual Desert and a Library of Experiments
128
THE WORLD HE MADE UP
145
A Museum Dedicated to Awareness
147
The Sentimental Fruits of Science
234
The Anarch
261
The World He Made Up
293
Living a Fruitful Life
321
Acknowledgments
325
Notes
331
Bibliography
371
Index
384

A Descent Respect for Taste
179
The Man with the GoldRimmed Glasses
204

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About the author (2009)

K.C. Cole is a science writer and a professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. She is the author of seven nonfiction books, most recently Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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