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Más brillante que mil soles Robert Jungk

Más brillante que mil soles

Robert Jungk

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315 pages
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This is an amazing book. Told in narrative, story-like form, the author recreates the story of how scientific research evolved from one driven by love of knowledge and cross-border collaboration to one that became mired in politics and personalMoreThis is an amazing book. Told in narrative, story-like form, the author recreates the story of how scientific research evolved from one driven by love of knowledge and cross-border collaboration to one that became mired in politics and personal glory. He tells this story within the context of the preeminent scientific pursuit of the late 19th/early 20th century: the discovery of nuclear fission and the construction of the atomic bomb. The characters are so many of the names we know: Ernest Rutherford, Neils Bohr, Enrico Fermi, Heisenberg, Planck, Einstein, Oppenheimer, among many others who are not as well known, but critical (both in the scientific, military and political communities). The writing style is fluid and engaging and the authors extremely detailed research is evident in how easily he moves in simple sentence and paragraphs across complex subject matter and complex interpersonal relationships between the dozens of scientists whose life work merged into the this scientific journey of epic scale. The story telling his humorous at times, poignant, and brings to life the imperfect route, laiden with missteps, imperfect communication, greed- the personal conflicts felt by many of the scientists as they wrestled with the enormity of their work and the implications for humanity- and the underlying motivation of fear that scientsits of the allied forces had to get their first, before the Gernams or Russians. The drama, anxiety and intensity is captured beautifully by the author, leading up to the very difficult moment (for any one reading this book) when in just a few sentences, the bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and one is left to simple reflect and make ones own quite judgement on the enormous loss of life that resulted, and the sharp right turn human history took, when it realized that it had discovered a way to completely annhilate itself. What is unique about this book, is througouth the story, the author keeps his own opinions on the matter visible but not distracting - he is documenting history, but told in the voice and experience of the actors and he does a really magnificent job