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ISBN: 022461651X
Author: N P Davis
Language: English
Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 1st Pb ed edition (1969)
Pages: 384
Category: Professionals & Academics
Subcategory: Biography
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Lawrence and Oppenheimer book. According to Davis, Groves was well-aware that Lawrence's methodology left much to be desired, but that was also part of its charm.

Lawrence and Oppenheimer book. The calutron, he decided, was on the one hand the quickest way for a nation to win a war, but on the other hand he did not much care what his enemies the Russians learned about it. His testimony in 1954 makes it brutally clear that as early as 1943 he had judged Lawrence's process to be primitive and as a military secret not worth much. Hence his nonchalance about traitors in the Radiation Laboratory.

Lawrence and Oppenheimer. by. Davis, Nuel Pharr, 1915-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958, Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967, Physicists. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; toronto. Uploaded by AaronC on August 25, 2014. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014). Robert, 1904-1967, Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958, Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967. New York, Simon and Schuster. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Uploaded by MishelP-loader on July 23, 2010. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1968. By Alice Kimball Smith. Science 25 Oct 1968: Vol. 162, Issue 3852, pp. 445-447 DOI: 1. 126/science. Message Subject (Your Name) has forwarded a page to you from Science. New York : Simon and Schuster. You must be logged in to Tag Records. Lawrence and Oppenheimer. Lawrence and Oppenheimer Simon and Schuster New York 1968. Australian/Harvard Citation. 1968, Lawrence and Oppenheimer Simon and Schuster New York. Book, Online - Google Books. New York, Simon and Schuster 384 p. illus.

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Lawrence and Oppenheimer. The book has some interesting information about the development of our nuclear arsenal, but be prepared to slog through this author’s obsession with Lawrence and his Rad Lab stuff. One person found this helpful.

Quoted in Pharr Davis, Lawrence and Oppenheimer, p. 21. the awful fact of excellence : Letter to F. Fergusson of 23 January 1923, printed in Kimball-Smith and Weiner, Robert Oppenheimer-Letters and Recollections, p. 92. par. hysics : Kimball-Smith and Weiner, ed. Robert. Robert Oppenheimer-Letters and Recollections, p. 98. They ar. uccessful : Ibid. p. 100. a vile driver ; scare friend. eventy : Ibid.

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Steamy Ibis
Not long after I had acquired this book I read somewhere a rather negative review and therefore it remained on the shelves of my personal library for an extended period of time, until one day I decided to give it a try because I had suddenly become more interested in Oppenheimer. But when I started reading it I knew immediately that it was going to be a most pleasurable experience and this initial impression lasted until the very end.

This work is very even throughout and each new page is as interesting as the previous one. It is about Ernest Lawrence and Robert Oppenheimer, and their story starts around the time they were engaged on a path that would lead them a few years later to participate in the making of the first atomic bomb. Therefore don't expect to find much here about their childhood. On the other hand it does include a fascinating study of the security hearing Oppenheimer had to go through when he appealed the removal of his security clearance, in part because he had opposed some of the generals who wanted to proceed as quickly as possible with the design of a thermonuclear bomb. I would like to say more about this sensitive subject but don't want to spoil anything and therefore I will leave it to the readers to make their own discoveries and forge their own opinion.

This book reminded me of "Brighter than a Thousand Suns", by Robert Jungk. The latter recounted the story of the making of the atomic bomb using interviews he had conducted immediately after the war with some of the key players who had participated in the Manhattan Project. In "Lawrence and Oppenheimer" we find similar stories recounted a number of years after the war by key witnesses who had known and interacted with Lawrence and Oppenheimer. Here is one excerpt from p. 27 just to give a sample of the tone and flavour of the entire book; it concerns a former student of Oppenheimer who also had worked with him during the war:

<< "But you didn't get much across to us that first quarter," Brady told him after the war. "I was talking to myself Oppenheimer replied." >>

Unfortunately there is not much science in this book even though Lawrence and Oppenheimer were preeminent scientists. Obviously Davis had more interest for the personalities of the main protagonists and the events of their lives than the physics in which they were involved. That being said, what little science there is always remains relevant and accurate and neatly fills the background of an orderly, logical and easy to follow story. But there are many names that pop up here and there and you better take note of who they are and what role they play when you come across them for the fist time because there is a good chance they will reappear later on.

What is peculiar about this book is the fact that it is not written in a formal style and instead reads like one continuous conversation. Lawrence and Oppenheimer knew and interacted with all sorts of people and therefore the book is packed with anecdotes and personal observations. And what gives it a particular charm is that the interview transcripts were put together into a format that effectively reads like a historical novel, except that there is no fiction at all here.

If you are interested in the Manhattan Project this is one of the liveliest account that I know of, and I have read many. Nuel Pharr Davis remains today an obscure author and he may have written only one book, but in my opinion "Lawrence and Oppenheimer" is a masterpiece.
Cordalas
I was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where Ernest Orlando Lawrence did his most important scientific research. In my high school days I was shepherded through an uncomprehending tour of Lawrence's vast cyclotron building, and I can still recall the outrage and actual fear shown by my science teacher as he seized some trifling object that a student had picked up and threw it away as if it were a scorpion or a rattlesnake. This teacher, Mr. Clair Elmore, had worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (founded by Oppenheimer) where he lost the tip of one finger through an accident that he never described. No doubt he was afraid that the small piece of plastic in the innocent student's hand was dangerously radioactive. Some time later I worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where Lawrence's disastrous and doomed experiments with his ultimate particle machine, the monstrous M.T.A., took place (this fiasco was never mentioned by anyone in the Lab, and that glaring omission reminds me of the significant silence of Sherlock Holmes's notorious dog that did not bark in the night). It was at LLNL that I stood within 20 feet of Edward Teller as he gave a speech in his unforgettable Bela Lugosi accent, looking so very much like the original version of Dr. Strangelove, still ready to sink his malicious dagger into Robert Oppenheimer's unsuspecting back. So I have a personal contact, however limited, with some of the issues and personalities described in this book.

This book is unique because it strays from the King James version, the universally accepted canon, of the lives of Lawrence and Oppenheimer. I've been an Oppenheimer fan for many years, and recently I greatly enjoyed reading "Oppenheimer, American Prometheus" which is perhaps the most complete version of the "official" life. However, Nuel Davis's book was written before the Oppenheimer legend hardened into orthodoxy, and thus it includes a great deal of material that the last few Oppie books omit or play down. Even though Davis's 384-page book is relatively short, many important episodes in the lives of Oppie and Lawrence are described at much greater length and often with a different emphasis than the conventional renditions in "Prometheus" and other recent bios. One example is Lawrence's pivotal role in the design of the ill-fated M.T.A or Materials Testing Accelerator, an immense device intended for the transmutation of U238 into plutonium. As Davis writes, "Scenes worthy of science fiction took place inside the five-story vacuum chamber." The M.T.A was the ultimate expression, and the ultimate failure, of Lawrence's untutored empiricism. Even when he finally got it working for a precious and unrepeatable two hours, it merely vaporized the targets that it was supposed to transmute, because Lawrence's target cooling arrangements were totally inadequate. But even so, it ALMOST worked! So near, and yet so far!

This book views the lives of Lawrence and Oppenheimer from many unexpected angles. It's interesting to see Lewis Strauss in a strangely sympathetic role, not as the malignant ogre described in "Prometheus" and other Oppie bios, but much more multi-dimensional. There are many interviews and quotations from people who were actually "there" and these authentic and even conflicting statements give a glimpse of the complex truth of these important lives, as opposed to the zealous elaboration of a set of carefully edited legends. If you're at all interested in Lawrence, Oppie, and the Manhattan Project, you owe it to yourself to read this fascinating book.
Fato
My parents gave me this book for Christmas when it first came out in the late 1960's while I was still in high school and first expressing interest in a career in physics and engineering. Reading about these two great men: one (Lawrence) an experimentalist, the other (Oppenheimer) a theoretician was an inspiration.

Lawrence was one of the first practitioners of Big Science where fund raising and public relations were as important as the science itself. Even as an idealistic high school student, however, Lawrence's story did not impart me with a cynical outlook--instead I was taken with his dedication and can-do attitude. The book also does a reasonable job of explaining how Lawrence's cyclotron worked, and why it represented an advance over previous approaches for accelerating fundamental particles.

As much as I was taken with Lawrence's story, that of Oppenheimer excited me even more! The tall and urbane intellectual from a wealthy Jewish family was an otherworldly figure that a country boy like me found truly exotic and fascinating. That he had studied the Bhagavad Ghita in the original Sanskrit (the first time I had heard of such an language) and reflected philosophically on the passage "I have become death, the destroyer of worlds", after the detonation of the first atomic bomb near the Los Alamos facility that he directed, struck me with awe. It was then that I realized that scientists like Oppenheimer were more than just those who advanced the understanding of physical law, but philosophers who sought a broad and deep understanding of the many facets of the human experience, the nature of the divine, and the universe itself. And that Oppenheimer's life had its tragic aspects made him a hero all the more appealing to my young imagination!

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