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Memoirs: A Twentieth Century Journey In Science And Politics

Edward Teller, Judith Schoolery

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Edward Teller is perhaps best known for his belief in freedom through strong defence. But this extraordinary memoir at last reveals the man behind the headlines- passionate and humorous, devoted and loyal. Never before has Teller told his story as fully as he does here. We learn his true position on everything from the bombing of Japan to the pursuit of weapons research in the post-war years. In clear and compelling prose, Teller chronicles the people and events that shaped him as a scientist, beginning with his early love of music and math, and continuing with his study of quantum physics under Werner Heisenberg. He also describes his relationships with some of the century's greatest minds- Einstein, Bohr, Fermi, Szilard, von Neumann- and offers an honest assessment of the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, the founding of Lawrence Livermore laboratory, and his complicated relationship with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Rich and humanizing, this candid memoir describes the events that led Edward Teller to be honoured or abhorred, and provides a fascinating perspective on the ability of a single individual to affect the course of history.

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