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Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact

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After World War II, most scientists in Germany maintained that they had been apolitical or actively resisted the Nazi regime, but the true story is much more complicated. In Serving the Reich, Philip Ball takes a fresh look at that controversial history, contrasting the career of Peter Debye, director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin, with those of two other leading physicists in Germany during the Third Reich: Max Planck, the elder statesman of physics after whom Germanyand#8217;s premier scientific society is now named, and Werner Heisenberg, who succeeded Debye as director of the institute when it became focused on the development of nuclear power and weapons. and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

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Mixing history, science, and biography, Balland#8217;s gripping exploration of the lives of scientists under Nazism offers a powerful portrait of moral choice and personal responsibility, as scientists navigated and#147;the grey zone between complicity and resistance.and#8221; Balland#8217;s account of the different choices these three men and their colleagues made shows how there can be no clear-cut answers or judgement of their conduct. Yet, despite these ambiguities, Ball makes it undeniable that the German scientific establishment as a whole mounted no serious resistance to the Nazis, and in many ways acted as a willing instrument of the state.

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Serving the Reich considers what this problematic history can tell us about the relationship of science and politics today. Ultimately, Ball argues, a determination to present science as an abstract inquiry into nature that is and#147;above politicsand#8221; can leave science and scientists dangerously compromised and vulnerable to political manipulation.

Synopsis:

An eye-opening account of the rise of science in Germany through to Hitler’s regime, and the frightening Nazi experiments that occurred during the Reich

A shocking account of Nazi science, and a compelling look at the the dramatic rise of German science in the nineteenth century, its preeminence in the early twentieth, and the frightening developments that led to its collapse in 1945, this is the compelling story of German scientists under Hitler’s regime. Weaving the history of science and technology with the fortunes of war and the stories of men and women whose discoveries brought both benefits and destruction to the world, Hitler's Scientists raises questions that are still urgent today. As science becomes embroiled in new generations of weapons of mass destruction and the war against terrorism, as advances in biotechnology outstrip traditional ethics, this powerful account of Nazi science forms a crucial commentary on the ethical role of science.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of "Hitler's Pope" takes a historical look at science freed from ethics, in this "comprehensive, well-documented, and, above all, thoughtful account of the scientists who served Hitler--or, at least, Germany--during the Third Reich" ("The Washington Post"). 16 pages of photos.

About the Author

John Cornwell is an award-winning journalist and the author of numerous novels and works of nonfiction. The director of the Science and Human Dimension Project at Cambridge University, Cornwell lives in Cambridge, London, and England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Understanding the Germans

Part One: Hitler's Scientific Inheritance

1. Hitler the Scientist

2. Germany the Science Mecca

3. Fritz Haber

4. The Poison Gas Scientists

5. The "Science" of Racial Hygiene

6. Eugenics and Psychiatry

Part Two: The New Physics 1918-1933

7. Physics after the First War

8. German Science Survives

Part Three: Nazi Enthusiasm, Compliance and Oppression 1933-1939

9. The Dismissals

10. Engineers and Rocketeers

11. Medicine Under Hitler

12. The Cancer Campaign

13. Geopolitik and Lebensraum

14. Nazi Physics

15. Himmler's Pseudo-science

16. Deutsche Mathematik

Part Four: The Science of Destruction and Defence 1933-1943

17. Fission Mania

18. World War II

19. Machines of War

20. Radar

21. Codes

Part Five: The Nazi Atomic Bomb 1941-1945

22. Copenhagen

23. Speer and Heisenberg

24. Haigerloch and Los Alamos

Part Six: Science in Hell 1942-1945

25. Slave Labour at Dora

26. The "Science" of Extermination and Human Experiment

27. The Devil's Chemists

28. Wonder Weapons

Part Seven: In Hitler's Shadow

29. Farm Hall

30. Heroes, Villains, and Fellow Travellers

31. Scientific Plunder

Part Eight: Science from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

32. Nuclear Postures

33. Uniquely Nazi?

34. Science at War Again

Notes

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Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142004807
Author:
Cornwell, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Ball, Philip
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 halftones
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
An eye-opening account of the rise of science in Germany through to Hitler’s regime, and the frightening Nazi experiments that occurred during the Reich

A shocking account of Nazi science, and a compelling look at the the dramatic rise of German science in the nineteenth century, its preeminence in the early twentieth, and the frightening developments that led to its collapse in 1945, this is the compelling story of German scientists under Hitler’s regime. Weaving the history of science and technology with the fortunes of war and the stories of men and women whose discoveries brought both benefits and destruction to the world, Hitler's Scientists raises questions that are still urgent today. As science becomes embroiled in new generations of weapons of mass destruction and the war against terrorism, as advances in biotechnology outstrip traditional ethics, this powerful account of Nazi science forms a crucial commentary on the ethical role of science.

"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "Hitler's Pope" takes a historical look at science freed from ethics, in this "comprehensive, well-documented, and, above all, thoughtful account of the scientists who served Hitler--or, at least, Germany--during the Third Reich" ("The Washington Post"). 16 pages of photos.

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