Ver my head But it was clear to #me Goodchild was familiar with the science and therefore to me at east that made him a #that Goodchild familiar with the science and therefore to me at east that made him a judge into the many pros and cons of the various programs It s easy to think of scientists working hard in their abs attempting to solve serious problems and find useful solutions This book shows those men and women as warts and all human beings who occasionally White Water let their personal feelings get in the way but still manage to do cutting edge research that completely changed the world My wife bought me this book because she knew ho much Ioved the movie It never really grabbed me though It s not her fault It made me really want to read Teller s memoirs though since most of the early part of the book consists of enormous uotes from it I l finish this thing tho This is a well written and interesting biography of Edward Teller Teller makes for a complex subject and the author handles things with subtlety and sympathy without holding back from considerable criticism I found the
LATER CHAPTERS A LITTLE LESS INTERESTINGchapters a ittle Special Agent less interesting the earlier ones but I suspect that that was down to the subject rather than the authorWell worth reading. Ry and presidents as they shaped Western policy Goodchild interviewed Teller himself at the end of hisife and what emerges from this interview as well as from Teller's memoirs and recently unearthed correspondence is a clearer view of the contradictions and controversies that riddled the man's ife Most of all though this absorbing biography rescues Edward Teller from the caricatures that have served to describe him until now In their place Goodchild shows us one of the most powerful scientists of the twentieth century in all his enigmatic humanity. .
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D iving in fear of total annihilation When Stanley Kubrick s Dr Strangelove movie came out it was said that Kubrick based the Strangelove character on Teller and for many years Teller was seen as a caricature This biography paints a much fuller picture of the man and scientist He was indeed extremely conservative and believed firmly that the US should be fully engaged in a Cold War He was one of the strongest proponents of Reagan s SDI program a defensive program aimed at destroying enemy ICBMs To Teller no
amount of money was too small to spend on weapons and defensesof money was too small to spend on weapons and defenses he made many enemies with this stance It didn t help that he was outspoken and traveled tirelessly ecturing on behalf of weapons research He hated the Soviet Union and spoke oudly and often that the US must never trust them and must not sign any peace treaties with them The #WHOLE GIVE PEACE A CHANCE ETHOS WOULD HAVE BEEN #give peace a chance ethos would have been to TellerThe many stories Goodchild tells about Los Alamos the Liver ab and all the scientists involved are uite interesting but I confess his detailed descriptions of the physics of atomic and hydrogen bombs and the research into defensive options went way Ws and personal and professional frustrations that A World on Fire lay behind the paradox of the real Dr StrangeloveGoodchild's biography draws on interviews with than fifty of Teller's colleagues and friends Their voices echo through the book expressing admiration and contempt affection and hatred as we observe Teller's involvement in every stage of building the atomic bomb and his subseuent pursuit of causes that drew the world deeper into the Cold War alienating many of his scientific colleagues even as he provided the intellectualead for politicians the milita. ,
Another scientific giant once well know slipping into obscurity for the typical person Teller was the #man ed the way to develop the thermonuclear bomb after his work on the Manhattan #led the way to develop the thermonuclear bomb after his work on the Manhattan that developed the atom bomb that ended the war with Japan Teller was from Europe and had to eave to escape persecution as the Nazis rose to power Some of his family were killed in the holocaust while after the war others anguished behind the iron curtain A remarkable and brilliant man who made a significant impact
This is an excellent book about a man who was both fascinating andis an excellent book about a man who was both fascinating and Nobel Prize winning physicist Edward Teller often called the father of the H bomb He provoked strong feelings amongst his fellow scientists some calling him the most brilliant man they had ever known while others saw him as a danger to the very existence of human beings This book is in no way a hagiography as Goodchild describes Teller s ife both personal and professional with all the flaws triumphs mistakes shining intellect and paranoia on full display Of course paralleling Teller s 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate life is the creation of nuclear weapons and his role in the research thated to a modern worl. One Nobel Prize winning physicist called Edward Teller A great man of vast imaginationone of the most thoughtful statesmen of science Another called him A danger to all that is important It would have been of science Another called him A danger to all that is important It would have been better world without him That both opinions about Teller were commonly held and eually true is one of the enduring mysteries about the man dubbed the father of the H bomb In the story of Teller's ife and career told here in greater depth and detail than ever before Peter Goodchild unravels the complex web of harsh early experiences character fla. ,