AUTHORGoldsmith, Maurice
TITLEFrédéric Joliot-Curie
PUBLISHERLawrence and Wishart
CITYLondon, England

This biography presents the life and times of the French physicist and political activist Frédéric Joliot-Curie. The author, Maurice Goldsmith, argues that Joliot-Curie was a communist who believed that man has an “individual responsibility in a society of change” (p. 9). Goldsmith admires Joliot-Curie, and credits him with using the influence and power of scientific discovery to create social change. Goldsmith claims that as a scientist, Joliot-Curie introduced changes that positively affected the behavior of French governmental science, and he saw the atomic bombing of Japan as a betrayal of the science that led to the discovery of atomic fission. The book discusses many of Joliot-Curie’s ideas, including his thoughts on French relations with the Soviet Union during World War II and the Cold War.

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