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The overdue Abraham Pais wrote the definitive biography of Albert Einstein, "Subtle is the Lord," which gained an American publication Award. As a exclusive physicist and Einstein's colleague, Pais mixed a cosmopolitan figuring out of physics with first-hand wisdom of this notoriously inner most person, supplying infrequent insights into either. it really is his detailed double point of view that makes his paintings so beneficial. Now Abraham Pais bargains an illuminating portrait of one other eminent colleague, J. Robert Oppenheimer, some of the most charismatic and enigmatic figures of contemporary physics. Pais introduces us to a precocious early life who sped via Harvard in 3 years, made sign contributions to quantum mechanics whereas in his twenties, and used to be instrumental within the progress of yankee physics within the decade earlier than the second one global battle, nearly single-handedly placing American physics at the map. Pais paints a revealing portrait of Oppenheimer's lifestyles in Los Alamos, the place in twenty awesome, feverish months, lower than his encouraged management, the 1st atomic bomb used to be designed and outfitted, successful that made Oppenheimer America's most renowned scientist. Pais, who was once his next-door neighbor for a few years, describes Oppenheimer's lengthy tenure as Director of the Institute of complicated learn at Princeton, but additionally exhibits how Oppenheimer's depth and vanity gained him strong enemies, who might eventually make him one of many vital sufferers of the purple Scare of the Nineteen Fifties. instructed with compassion and deep perception, J. Robert Oppenheimer is the main entire biography of the nice physicist to be had. it truly is Abraham Pais's ultimate paintings, accomplished after his loss of life through Robert P. Crease, an acclaimed historian of technology in his personal correct.

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