AUTHORMonk, Ray
TITLERobert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center
PUBLISHERDoubleday
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2013
ISBN978-0-385-50407-2


In this 2012 biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the author’s stated goal is to produce an internal rather than an external portrayal of the enigmatic physicist. The biographer delves into Oppenheimer’s psyche and ties his contributions to modern physics to events in his life. He is characterized as a loner who applied the new quantum theory to solve problems in that rapidly developing field. That quality stands in contrast to Oppenheimer's unlikely partnership with General Leslie Groves to produce the first atomic bombs. The final chapters relate the tragic story of how Oppenheimer was denied a security clearance by the Atomic Energy Commission because he opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb. The book was originally published in Great Britain as Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2012).


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