AUTHORShurkin, Joel N.
TITLETrue Genius: The Life and Work of Richard Garwin, the Most Influential Scientist You've Never Heard Of
PUBLISHERPrometheus Books
CITYAmherst, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2017
ISBN 978-1633882232


Although the name Richard Garwin is not well known, the physicist contributed extensively to nuclear weapons development and influenced U.S. policy during the Cold War. This detailed biography describes his contributions to the hydrogen bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was also a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee under U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. The narrative provides an interesting account of the role scientists played during the Cold War years. It illuminates the tensions between their ethical reservations about developing nuclear weapons and their sense of the necessity to counter the Soviet’s nuclear program. The book also chronicles Garwin’s work as innovator in computer applications with IBM.


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