The Resource Serving the Reich : the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler, Philip Ball

Serving the Reich : the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler, Philip Ball

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Serving the Reich : the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler
Title
Serving the Reich
Title remainder
the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler
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Philip Ball
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Language
eng
Summary
After World War II, most scientists in Germany maintained that they had been apolitical or actively resisted the Nazi regime, but the true story is much more complicated. In "Serving the Reich," Philip Ball takes a fresh look at that controversial history, contrasting the career of Peter Debye, director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin, with those of two other leading physicists in Germany during the Third Reich: Max Planck, the elder statesman of physics after whom Germany's premier scientific society is now named, and Werner Heisenberg, who succeeded Debye as director of the institute when it became focused on the development of nuclear power and weapons. Mixing history, science, and biography, Ball's gripping exploration of the lives of scientists under Nazism offers a powerful portrait of moral choice and personal responsibility, as scientists navigated "the grey zone between complicity and resistance." Ball's account of the different choices these three men and their colleagues made shows how there can be no clear-cut answers or judgement of their conduct. Yet, despite these ambiguities, Ball makes it undeniable that the German scientific establishment as a whole mounted no serious resistance to the Nazis, and in many ways acted as a willing instrument of the state. "Serving the Reich" considers what this problematic history can tell us about the relationship of science and politics today. Ultimately, Ball argues, a determination to present science as an abstract inquiry into nature that is "above politics" can leave science and scientists dangerously compromised and vulnerable to political manipulation
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10381345
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ICU/DLC
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1962-
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Ball, Philip
Dewey number
530.0943/09043
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • National socialism and science
  • Nuclear physics
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Science
  • Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut fÃ1⁄4r Physik
  • Germany
  • Planck, Max
  • Debye, Peter J. W.
  • Heisenberg, Werner
Target audience
adult
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the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler
Label
Serving the Reich : the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler, Philip Ball
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Nobel Prize-winner with dirty hands -- As conservatively as possible -- Physics must be rebuilt -- The beginning of something new -- Intellectual freedom is a thing of the past -- Service to science must be service to the nation -- There is very likely a Nordic science -- You obviously cannot swim against the tide -- "I have seen my death!" -- As a scientist or as a man -- Hitherto unknown destructive power -- Heisenberg was mostly silent -- We are what we pretend to be -- Epilogue: We did not speak the same language
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 303 pages
Isbn
9780226204574
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014010718
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226204574
  • 19064284
Label
Serving the Reich : the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler, Philip Ball
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Nobel Prize-winner with dirty hands -- As conservatively as possible -- Physics must be rebuilt -- The beginning of something new -- Intellectual freedom is a thing of the past -- Service to science must be service to the nation -- There is very likely a Nordic science -- You obviously cannot swim against the tide -- "I have seen my death!" -- As a scientist or as a man -- Hitherto unknown destructive power -- Heisenberg was mostly silent -- We are what we pretend to be -- Epilogue: We did not speak the same language
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 303 pages
Isbn
9780226204574
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014010718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226204574
  • 19064284

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