AUTHORBrown, Andrew
TITLEKeeper of the Nuclear Conscience: The Life and Work of Joseph Rotblat
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England
DATE PUBLISHED2012
ISBN978-0-19-958658-5


This is a biography of Joseph Rotblat, a scientist who left the Manhattan Project upon learning in late 1944 that the Germans had failed to obtain an atomic bomb. Rotblat, a physicist, came to England from Poland in 1939 to work with James Chadwick and soon after became involved in the British atomic bomb project. He accompanied Chadwick to Los Alamos as a member of the British team assisting in developing the first nuclear weapons. After the war he became deeply involved in the anti-war movement and was one of the founding members of the international Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. The author describes the idealistic thinking that characterized those conferences, emphasizing the influence leading scientists had in world affairs during that period. The book provides insight into the complex diplomacy of the Cold War period.


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