Oppenheimer : the tragic intellect / Charles Thorpe.Material type: TextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006Description: xx, 413 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0226798453 (acid-free paper); 9780226798455 (acid-free paper); 9780226798462 (pbk.); 0226798461 (pbk.)Subject(s): Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967 | Physicists -- United States -- Biography | Scientists -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | Science -- Moral and ethical aspects | Science and state -- United States | Atomic bomb -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 530.092 | B LOC classification: QC16.O62 | T56 2006Other classification: 33.01 | UB 3255
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -396) and index.
Introduction : charisma, self, and sociological biography -- Struggling for self -- Confronting the world -- King of the hill -- Against time -- Power and vocation -- "I was an idiot" -- The last intellectual?
At a time when the Manhattan Project was synonymous with large-scale science, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67) represented the new sociocultural power of the American intellectual. Catapulted to fame as director of the Los Alamos atomic weapons laboratory, Oppenheimer occupied a key position in the compact between science and the state that developed out of World War II. By tracing the making - and unmaking - of Oppenheimer's wartime and postwar scientific identity, Charles Thorpe illustrates the struggles over the role of the scientist in relation to nuclear weapons, the state, and culture. A stylish intellectual biography, Oppenheimer maps out changes in the roles of scientists and intellectuals in twentieth-century America, ultimately revealing transformations in Oppenheimer's persona that coincided with changing attitudes toward science in society.