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Ball, Philip

Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler

  • Editorial: Vintage
  • Páginas: 320
  • Año: 2014
  • Precio: 15.25 €
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  • Tamaño: Paperback
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  • EAN: 9780099581642

Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ´Jewish ideas´, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among them were three world-renowned physicists: Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory, regarded it as his moral duty to carry on under the regime. Peter Debye, a Dutch physicist, rose to run the Reich´s most important research institute before leaving for the United States in 1940. Werner Heisenberg, discovered the Uncertainty Principle, and became the leading figure in Germany´s race for the atomic bomb. After the war most scientists in Germany maintained they had been apolitical or even resisted the regime: Debye claimed that he had gone to America to escape Nazi interference in his research; Heisenberg and others argued that they had deliberately delayed production of the atomic bomb. Mixing history, science and biography, Serving the Reich is a gripping exploration of moral choices under a totalitarian regime. Here are human dilemmas, failures to take responsibility, three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideology.

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