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Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center by Ray Monk
Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. But he seemed aloof and lost in abstractions, pretentiously interjecting among his equations riffs from French literature or the Upanishads.
And while hardly a threat to American security, Oppenheimer appears to have been as close as a person can get to being a supporter of the Communist Party without actually carrying a membership card. As soon as Groves met the young scientist, none of that mattered. In a meeting at Berkeley, he impressed the general with the breadth of his knowledge and, of all things, what Groves saw as his practicality.
More than any other scientist the general had talked to, Oppenheimer appeared to understand what had to be done to go from abstract theories and laboratory experiments to the making of a nuclear bomb. This was not just a physics problem.
Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center
It would be an unparalleled feat of engineering, and one that must progress while basic theoretical problems were still being solved. There was no place better to do this, Oppenheimer believed, than outside the universities — in a remote, central laboratory.
Groves may have also seen in Oppenheimer a man driven far less by ideology than by ambition, whose need to be an important player ensured that anything he directed would be a success. History, of course, has vindicated the decision. The brooding introvert became a leader, harnessing the efforts of a headstrong cast of brilliant physicists for an all-but-impossible task: assembling on a barely accessible New Mexico mesa top — an unlikely spot Oppenheimer had discovered on a vacation horseback ride — not just an advanced nuclear laboratory but a whole town.
Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer
However in earlier years he had attempted murder, impressed leading scientists and academics with his abilities, and built the USA's leading school of theoretical physics , which had a world reputation. Subsequently he suffered from the communist purge in the USA. At the end of his life he was reinstated as a national hero.
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