Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project, 1939-1945: A Study in German Culture

Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project A Study in German Culture No one better represents the plight and the conduct of German intellectuals under Hitler than Werner Heisenberg whose task it was to build an atomic bomb for Nazi Germany The controversy surrounding

  • Title: Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project, 1939-1945: A Study in German Culture
  • Author: Paul Lawrence Rose
  • ISBN: 9780520210776
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No one better represents the plight and the conduct of German intellectuals under Hitler than Werner Heisenberg, whose task it was to build an atomic bomb for Nazi Germany The controversy surrounding Heisenberg still rages, because of the nature of his work and the regime for which it was undertaken What precisely did Heisenberg know about the physics of the atomic bomb No one better represents the plight and the conduct of German intellectuals under Hitler than Werner Heisenberg, whose task it was to build an atomic bomb for Nazi Germany The controversy surrounding Heisenberg still rages, because of the nature of his work and the regime for which it was undertaken What precisely did Heisenberg know about the physics of the atomic bomb How deep was his loyalty to the German government during the Third Reich Assuming that he had been able to build a bomb, would he have been willing These questions, the moral and the scientific, are answered by Paul Lawrence Rose with greater accuracy and breadth of documentation than any other historian has yet achieved.Digging deep into the archival record among formerly secret technical reports, Rose establishes that Heisenberg never overcame certain misconceptions about nuclear fission, and as a result the German leaders never pushed for atomic weapons In fact, Heisenberg never had to face the moral problem of whether he should design a bomb for the Nazi regime Only when he and his colleagues were interned in England and heard about Hiroshima did Heisenberg realize that his calculations were wrong He began at once to construct an image of himself as a pure scientist who could have built a bomb but chose to work on reactor design instead This was fiction, as Rose demonstrates in reality, Heisenberg blindly supported and justified the cause of German victory The question of why he did, and why he misrepresented himself afterwards, is answered through Rose s subtle analysis of German mentality and the scientists problems of delusion and self delusion This fascinating study is a profound effort to understand one of the twentieth century s great enigmas.

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    • Very interesting read for those interested in history of science and how science intersects morality (or lack of it) and politics. Book is very damning of Heisenberg's behavior during and after nazi years and I think the criticism is convincing. Especially damning are the quotations from Farm Hall transcripts that reveal bizarrely distorted moral landscape. Technical discussions of German failure in atomic bomb project was interesting, but pales in comparison with the discussions about opportuni [...]


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