Serving The Reich

Serving the Reich
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date
Category Science
Total Pages 314
ISBN 9780226204604
Rating 4/5 from 1 reviews

This historical analysis of Heisenberg, Planck, Debye, and other German physicists during WWII “is a stunning cautionary tale, well researched and told” (Choice). 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, and Werner Heisenberg, who succeeded Debye as director of the institute when it became focused on the development of nuclear power and weapons. Mixing history, science, and biography, Ball offers a powerful portrait of moral choice and personal responsibility, as scientists navigated “the grey zone between complicity and resistance.” Ball’s account of the different choices these men made shows how there can be no clear-cut answers or judgement of their conduct. Yet he also demonstrates 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. Serving the Reich considers what this problematic history can tell us about the relationship between science and politics today. Ultimately, Ball argues, a determination to present science as an abstract inquiry into nature that is “above politics” can leave science and scientists dangerously compromised and vulnerable to political manipulation. A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award winner

Serving the Reich
  • Author : Philip Ball
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-20

This historical analysis of Heisenberg, Planck, Debye, and other German physicists during WWII “is a stunning cautionary tale, well researched and told” (Choice). 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

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  • Author : Paul Roland
  • Publisher : Arcturus Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-07-31

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  • Author : Edmund L. Blandford
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1996

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  • Author : Peter Fritzsche
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17

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  • Author : William L. Shirer,Ron Rosenbaum
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-10-11

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  • Author : James Wyllie
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2020-11-03

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  • Author : Bryan Mark Rigg
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-10-01

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  • Author : Albert Speer
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008-11-01

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  • Author : Susan Benedict,Linda Shields
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-04-24

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  • Author : James Becker
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-06-21

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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2020-03-24

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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2004-09-28

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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2016-10-06

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-11-20

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  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2014-02-04

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