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    DescriptionJ. Robert Oppenheimer is among the most contentious and important figures of the twentieth century. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis to develop the first atomic bomb - a breakthrough which was to have eternal ramifications for mankind, and made Oppenheimer the 'father of the Bomb'. But his was not a simple story of assimilation, scientific success and world fame. A complicated and fragile personality, the implications of the discoveries at Los Alamos were to weigh heavily upon him. Having formed suspicious connections in the 1930s, in the wake of the Allied victory in World War Two, Oppenheimer's attempts to resist the escalation of the Cold War arms race would lead many to question his loyalties - and set him on a collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunters.

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    Inside the Centre
    The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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    By (author) Ray Monk
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 832
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 653 g
    ISBN 13: 9780099433538
    ISBN 10: 0099433532

    BIC E4L: BIO
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    Libri: ENGM1075, USAA5066
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC V2.8: SCI055000, TEC025000, BIO015000, HIS027030, BIO008000
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    07 November 2013
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    Ray Monk is the author of Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius for which he won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Duff Cooper Award, and Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.
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    "An extraordinarily rich biography, superbly researched and written with impressive clarity." The Times "You don't need to know your quantum physics to be gripped by Monk's doorstop study of the momentous life of J Robert Oppenheimer... Monk serves his subject well by sparing us neither the worst nor the best in him." -- Ed Caesar Sunday Times "Superlative." -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Illuminating." Nature "[A] fine biography... Oppenheimer has already been served well by biographers. However, Monk here takes the scholarship to a new level." BBC History Magazine