Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub


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  • Serving the Reich
  • Philip Ball
  • English
  • 03 December 2018
  • 9781847922489

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Summary Serving the Reich Serving the Reich Read & Download ☆ 109 Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball Dutch physicist rose to run the Reich’s most important research institute before leaving for the United States in 1940Werner Heisenberg discovered the Uncertainty Principle and became the leading figure in Germany’s race for the atomic bombAfter the war most scientists in Germany maintained they had been apolitical or even resisted the regime Debye claimed that he had gone to America to es. I thoroughly enjoyed Philip Ball s book Serving the Reich The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler It examines the relationship between science and politics through the lens of the actions of Peter Debye Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg during the backdrop of Nazi Germany Ball notes None of these three men were enthusiastic about Hitler s regime yet all were leaders and guides of German science managerially intellectually and inspirationally and they each played a major part in setting the tone of the physics community s response to the Nazi era p5 It struck me that the regime in Nazi Germany arose because educated and concerned people lacked the will to take action to stop it before it was too late This situation in the mid 1930s seems to have parallels to the challenges President Obama faces as ISIS emerges in the Middle East to replace the remnants of Al aida Is it too late to stop such evil from rearing its ugly head againBall highlights The encroachment of Nazi ideology in physics was not a state sanctioned enterprise but an ultimately fruitless attempt at self promotion by a few eminent yet embittered individuals Political sycophants who were generally poor performing scientists came to positions of authority in German science and by 1935 1 in 5 German scientists or 1 in 4 physicists had been dismissed Ball adds The Nazis insisted not just on who did science but on what science was done Jewish scientists could not practice science and such religious intolerance forced scientists such as Albert Einstein to leave Germany for America He wrote on April 5 1933 I did not wish to live in a country where the individual does not enjoy euality before the law and freedom of speech and training p76Anti semitism was rampant in nearby German speaking Austria too Chelsea Wald wrote in SCIENCE in March 2013 The Austrian Academy of Sciences may have been particularly hostile to Jews and nonconformists even before the Nazis arrived said historian Mitchell Ash of the University of Vienna After the Anschluss the annexation of Austria to Germany in March 1938 only 9% of the regular members were forced out on racial or political grounds while nearly half of the University s faculty members were dismissed That means membership was not entirely based on meritocratic but also on folkish and anti Semitic criteria even before the Nazi ideology took over Ash said The Nazis were bad for Germany and Austria and the Nazi regime was bad for German science tooAfter World War II many scientists remained in denial over what happened including the horrors of the Nazi treatment of prisoners and even the Holocaust Werner Heisenberg of Uncertainty Principle fame exemplifies this denial of the past He was apt to refer to the bad side of Nazism as Ball writes with the implication that there was a good side too Heisenberg argued that the Nazis would have become civilized if they had won the war give or take 50 years What compels highly trained people to ignore the atrocities around them Ball believes in this case What seems most to have compromised Heisenberg was a craving for approval even that of a corrupt regime whose methods and principles he disdained Maybe keeping your nose to the grindstone and waiting for kudos is not the way to halt evil in its tracks Elder statesmen in the physics community Max Planck was paralysed by a predicament for which his conservative education had never prepared him He is as Ball depicts a genuinely tragic figure Planck found it difficult to challenge authority in a German society were maintaining structure and taking orders unuestioningly from the political leadership was ingrainedMeanwhile a solid scientist like Peter Debye was simply an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances The uestion Ball asks What could Planck Heisenberg and Debye done differently As it turns out nothing I recommend that this period piece about 1930s era scientists dealing with an oppressive regime be read It forces us to think about what we would do in such circumstances It brought to light some notions that Ball attempts to address for us and the global scientific community of the 21st century1 It s a delusion of some scientists that reason and moral virtue go hand in hand2 Scientific training rarely incorporates an ethical dimension Enjoy the read

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Serving the Reich

Summary Serving the Reich Serving the Reich Read & Download ☆ 109 Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball Cape Nazi interference in his research; Heisenberg and others argued that they had deliberately delayed production of the atomic bombMixing history science and biography Serving the Reich is a gripping exploration of moral choices under a totalitarian regime Here are human dilemmas failures to take responsibility three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideolo. There is much to think about in this book and much that could have been added Detailed data about funding levels and distributions comparison between actual spending levels in the US and Germany on nuclear fission research during WW II are missing though the levels are compared and the intra Germany distribution of research spending is also missing Scientific research I expect follows the money as it cannot be done without funding though hot areas may also draw funding to them

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Summary Serving the Reich Serving the Reich Read & Download ☆ 109 Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’ many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime Among them were three world renowned physicistsMax Planck pioneer of uantum theory regarded it as his moral duty to carry on under the regimePeter Debye a. Subtitled the struggle for the soul of physics Philip Ball s book takes us deep into the conflicted and conflicting stories of how German physicists responded to the growing power of the Nazis their attitude to Jews and their responses to the strictures of the Second World WarIn principle Ball does this by examining the lives and work of three physicists the old guard Max Planck a Dutch immigrant Peter Debye and the seemingly amoral Werner Heisenberg but in practice we see the impact of the regime and culture on many other physicists from intense supporters of the Nazis to those who did their best to oppose the regimeOver the years these German scientists have been portrayed as everything from enthusiastic supporters of the Third Reich to secret saboteurs who did all they could to slow down the German development of nuclear weapons Ball resolutely refuses to paint them either black or white instead giving us every possible detail of shades of greyThis is without doubt the fairest and most honest approach given the lack of concrete information but sometimes Ball s concern to remain neutral and portray history as it was rather than the usual as the historian wants it to be can make the book a bit of a hard slog Reading a Philip Ball book is a bit like attending a lecture by a scientist who absolutely knows his stuff and is prepared to go off on lots of interesting side diversions but nonetheless is very pernickety and precise insisting on weighing everything up from every possible angle so that just sometimes not only is the moral position of the scientists entirely grey so is the storytellingThis is a fascinating period in the history of physics and it is indeed interesting to see how these well known and less well known characters played their part Often the answer is in a human if rather detached way wanting as much as possible to get on with life even if it meant ignoring some difficult truths There is a feeling that somehow scientists should be able to face reality but in fact in many ways they can be even withdrawn than a typical citizen Either way with such ambiguous circumstances combined with attempts after the war to modify the record to make things look less unpleasant the result is inevitably a messy history that can never definitively tell us what happened So don t expect to come out of this with a clear picture but do expect to know a lot about the thinking of these key figures outside of their work in physics


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  1. says: Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub

    Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download Subtitled ‘the struggle for the soul of physics’ Philip Ball’s book takes us deep into the conflicted and conflicting stories of how German physicists responded to the growing power of the Nazis their attitude to Jews and their responses to the strictures of the Second World WarIn principle Ball does this by examining the l

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    Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball I'm sorry that I'm not able to rate this book highly It is well researched addresses an important topic and made me think a lot about

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    Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download The book is uite interesting and its aim is to write a definitive account on the situation of three major figures in both uantum Physics and Ger

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    Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub I thoroughly enjoyed Philip Ball’s book Serving the Reich – The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler It examines the relationship between science and politics through the lens of the actions of Peter Debye Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg during the backdrop of Nazi Germany Ball notes “None of these three

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    Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download A nuanced essay on a subject of great relevance Ball is less sparkling a historian of science than he is a science popularizer But he's certainly a thoughtful one and the book in review is important I didn't learn much reading it that I wasn't aware of already but I was encouraged to a subtler and critical readin

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    Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download Read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Philip Ball Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Never really got into to this i found the decision to jump back and forth in time in Chapters a bit of an irritation when maybe a straight linear telling of the events would have been a better choice Also the constant uarreling and b

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    Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Not rated because I may pick it up again later in my life The topic is interesting but the writing is really academic and I can't push through it right now

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    Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub An interesting analysis of the morals and implications of the physists who worked during the Third Reich years Philip Ball takes us on

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    Summary Serving the Reich Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Philip Ball ↠ 9 Read & Download There is much to think about in this book and much that could have been added Detailed data about funding levels and distributions comparison between actual spending levels in the US and Germany on nuclear fissi

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    Serving the Reich E–book/E–pub Really interesting read about the place of science and scientists in politics; gives perspectives of 3 people who under normal circumstances would have been seen as exceptional scientists and they were but were compromised by an impossible situation Lots to think about

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