AUTHORGrandy, David A.
TITLELeo Szilard: Science as a Mode of Being
PUBLISHERUniversity Press of America
CITYNew York, NY

This book is a selective investigation into the intellectual life of Leo Szilard, nuclear physicist and early proponent of the creation of an atomic bomb. Grandy begins by discussing the intellectual landscape surrounding Szilard, writing mainly about the influences of Thomas Huxley and H.G. Wells. He describes Szilard’s wish to save the world through politics and physics, and his move to nuclear physics. He depicts Szilard’s efforts in atomic energy research during World War II, and how he helped to sustain the imaginative possibilities of atomic energy long enough for others to take an interest in them. Lastly, he explains Szilard’s move from physics to biology and his quest for nuclear disarmament.

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