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Scientists
Robert Oppenheimer: Letters and Recollections
Robert Oppenheimer
Letters and Recollections
Paperback      ISBN: 0804726205

Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) is one of the few American scientists who have become public and controversial figures in the twentieth century. This book adds a new dimension to the Oppenheimer story by offering a look at the private man behind the public figure. It consists of letters spanning the period from his Harvard student days in 1922 to his departure from Los Alamos in 1945. The letters are supplemented by recollections of those who knew Oppenheimer and by his own recollections from an interview a few years before his death. 'A beautifully organized collection of letters and reminiscences ... The editors have interviewed those who knew and worked with him, stirred in the necessary explanatory background, and produced an account, both scholarly and highly readable, which throws fresh light on a man who will probably always remain something of an enigma. Amid devotional defense and almost rabid attack, their book is a model of objectivity.' New York Times Book RevieW 'An intimate, carefully documented, and honest book.'

Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center
Robert Oppenheimer
A Life Inside the Center
Paperback      ISBN: 0385722044

An unforgettable story of discovery and unimaginable destruction and a major biography of one of America's most brilliant--and most divisive--scientists, Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center vividly illuminates the man who would go down in history as "the father of the atomic bomb." Oppenheimer's talent and drive secured him a place in the pantheon of great physicists and carried him to the laboratories where the secrets of the universe revealed themselves. But they also led him to contribute to the development of the deadliest weapon on earth, a discovery he soon came to fear. His attempts to resist the escalation of the Cold War arms race--coupled with political leanings at odds with post-war America--led many to question his loyalties, and brought down upon him the full force of McCarthyite anti-communism. Digging deeply into Oppenheimer's past to solve the enigma of his motivations and his complex personality, Ray Monk uncovers the extraordinary, charming, tortured man--and the remarkable mind--who fundamentally reshaped the world.

Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age
Rocket Man
Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0786868171

More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, through fiery, often explosive, experiments at Roswell, New Mexico, he invented the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without using his inventions. Yet he is the forgotten man of the space age. His own government ignored his rocketry until the Germans demonstrated its principles in the V-2 missiles of World War II. The American government usurped his 214 patents, while suppressing his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again, monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten.

Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age
Rocket Man
Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0786887052

More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, through fiery, often explosive, experiments at Roswell, New Mexico, he invented the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without using his inventions. Yet he is the forgotten man of the space age. His own government ignored his rocketry until the Germans demonstrated its principles in the V-2 missiles of World War II. The American government usurped his 214 patents, while suppressing his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again, monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten.

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Rosalind Franklin
The Dark Lady of DNA
Paperback      ISBN: 0060985089

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.

Samuel F.B. Morse: Eine Biographie
Samuel F.B. Morse
Eine Biographie
by Brauner
German    Paperback      ISBN: 3034856458

von Christian Brauner Sieben Minuten lang sind die Sonnenstrahlen unterwegs, ehe sie unseren Planeten erreichen. Das Ia1st sich leicht berechnen - und hat enorme Konsequenzen: Nie sehen wir die Sonne so, wie sie im Moment des Betrachtens gerade ist, sondem stets nur so, wie sie sieben Minuten zuvor war. Und wer am niichtlichen Firmament einen funkelnden Stern bewun- dert, sieht womoglich nur noch den Schein einer liingst schon verlosche- nen Sonne auf ihrer unendlichen Reise durch die Licht jahre des Universums. Wir, die wir wie selbstverstiindlich mit New York, Rio de Janeiro und anderen, weit entfemten Orten telefonieren, ohne uns je Gedanken tiber Funktion und Geschichte der Nachrichtentechnik zu machen, bedtirfen wohl tatsiichlich erst eines Blickes in die Tiefen des Alls, um nachzuvoll- ziehen, was die Erfindung der Telegrafie rur die Menschen des 19.Jahr- hunderts bedeutet haben mag. Bis zum 27.Juli 1866, dem Tag, an dem die ersten Kabeltelegramme zwischen Neuer und Alter Welt ausgetauscht wurden, dauerte es niimlich nicht nur Bruchteile von Sekunden -so wie heute -, auch nicht Minuten, sondem gleich Tage oder gar Wochen, bis eine Nachricht per Schiff tiber den Atlantik zu ihrem Empfiinger gelangte. Und dies war damals die einzige Moglichkeit der Kommunikation zwi- schen den Kontinenten.

Schrödinger
Schrödinger
Paperback      ISBN: 1107569915

Erwin Schr dinger was a brilliant and charming Austrian, a great scientist, and a man with a passionate interest in people and ideas. In this, the first comprehensive biography of Schr dinger, Walter Moore draws upon recollections of Schr dinger's friends, family and colleagues, and on contemporary records, letters and diaries. Schr dinger's life is portrayed against the backdrop of Europe at a time of change and unrest. His best known scientific work was the discovery of wave mechanics, for which he was awarded the Nobel prize in 1933. Schr dinger led a very intense life, both in his scientific research and in his personal life. Walter Moore has written a highly readable biography of this fascinating and complex man, which will appeal not only to scientists but to anyone interested in the history of our times, and in the life and thought of one of the great men of twentieth-century science.

Science and Cultural Crisis: An Intellectual Biography of Percy Williams Bridgman (1882-1961)
Science and Cultural Crisis
An Intellectual Biography of Percy Williams Bridgman (1882-1961)
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804717966

This volume takes a look at the history of science and its place in cultural crises.

Scientific Elite: Nobel Laureates in the United States
Scientific Elite
Nobel Laureates in the United States
Paperback      ISBN: 1560008555

Scientific Elite is about Nobel prize winners and the well-defined stratification system in twentieth-century science. It tracks the careers of all American laureates who won prizes from 1907 until 1972, examining the complex interplay of merit and privilege at each stage of their scientific lives and the creation of the ultra-elite in science.

The study draws on biographical and bibliographical data on laureates who did their prize-winning research in the United States, and on detailed interviews with forty-one of the fifty-six laureates living in the United States at the time the study was done. Zuckerman finds laureates being successively advantaged as time passes. These advantages are producing growing disparities between the elite and other scientists both in performance and in rewards, which create and maintain a sharply graded stratification system.

Scientific Genius: A Psychology of Science
Scientific Genius
A Psychology of Science
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0521117135

Dean Keith Simonton developed a theory of scientific genius called chance-configuration theory that accounts for mental processes and behaviors behind the creative act, including intuition, incubation, and serendipity as well as the cognitive and motivational styles of great scientists in terms of a personality typology. Simonton examines the causes and consequences of exceptional productivity: individual differences in lifetime output, the functional relation between age and achievement, the probabilistic connection between quantity and quality, and such issues as the Ortega hypothesis, the Yuasa phenomenon, and Planck's principle. Other factors that he examines are family background, education, role models, marginality, and the zeitgeist. A concluding chapter outlines the broader implications of the theory for the measurement and encouragement of genius in science, and places it in the context of the alternative metasciences - the philosophy, sociology, and psychology of science. Simonton's provocative ideas are a major impetus to true psychology of science and will interest a broad audience.