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Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe

by Silvan S. Schweber

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The author starts by presenting an apology for writing biography, considered by him and his fellow academics as the lowest form of history. He then tries to make up for his choice by writing the dryest, dullest bio ever written. I gave it two stars because the subject, Bethe, was not dull: he calculated how to build the A-bomb, struggled with Teller, came to Oppenheimer's defence in the witchhunt, and opposed nuclear weapons, later in life. The recounting of Bethe's life, however, reads like a snooze-thru lecture. This story should be told, but maybe by someone else.

the book does get better about page 100 when it starts including equations and physics into the story--especially if you are a geekreader (like many of us). So hold on as you read part one or just jump past Hans' schooling, his german upbringing, etc. to the physics courses that he took. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0674065875, Hardcover)

What drove Nobel-winning physicist Hans Bethe, head of Theoretical Physics at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, to later renounce the weaponry he had worked so tirelessly to create? That is one of the questions answered by Nuclear Forces, a riveting biography of Bethe’s early life and development as both a scientist and a man of principle.

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"On the fiftieth anniversary of Hiroshima, Nobel-winning physicist Hans Bethe called on his fellow scientists to stop working on weapons of mass destruction. What drove Bethe, the head of Theoretical Physics at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, to renounce the weaponry he had once worked so tirelessly to create? That is one of the questions answered by "Nuclear Forces", a riveting biography of Bethe's early life and development as both a scientist and a man of principle..."--Publisher description.… (more)

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