AUTHORFraser, Gordon
TITLEThe Quantum Exodus: Jewish Fugitives, the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust
PUBLISHEROxford Research Group
CITYOxford, UK

This work links the Holocaust in Europe with the development of the atomic bomb in the United States by way of a series of mini-biographies of the Jewish scientists forced to flee Europe and the Nazis. Many of those scientists made important contributions to the Manhattan Project. Most were physicists such as Hans Bethe, Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Otto Frisch, Jon von Neumann, Edward Teller, Leo Szilard, and Eugene Wigner. The narrative also describes the lives of Werner Heisenberg and Max Planck, who resisted pre-war "Nazi science" and remained in Germany during World War II. The personal escapades of Austrian theoretical physicist Erwin Schrodinger add color to the work. The author’s expertise in physics, his familiarity with the history of the Holocaust, and his portrayal of the scientists combine to make the book a unique contribution to the history of the atomic bomb. An appendix contains brief descriptions of 124 emigrant scientists.

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