AUTHORBorn, Max
TITLEPhysics and Politics
PUBLISHERBasic Books
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1962
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Published in 1962, this book contains a series of essays about problems and changes in the worlds of physics and politics and the relationship of those worlds. The author, a well-known physicist, explains his view of physics and what it holds for the future. The first three essays are primary devoted to the history, discoveries, and dilemmas encountered in the field of physics. The last essay presents the author’s observations about the relationship between physics and global politics, for he believes that discoveries made in physics have important political consequences. The atomic bombings to end World War II are cited as an example of a political crisis that was sparked by advances in scientific technology. Technology is the connection between physics and politics because “politics is based on power, power on weapons and weapons on technology” (Chapter 4).


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