Father of the Bomb

Father of the Bomb

Inside the Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer

by Ray Monk

Jonathan Cape, $65 hb, 832 pp, 9780224062626

Harry Oldmeadow

Harry Oldmeadow

Harry Oldmeadow was formerly coordinator of Philosophy and Religious Studies at La Trobe University, Bendigo. His most recent book is...

The title of Ray Monk’s biography of Robert Oppenheimer plays on several ‘centres’: the entrancing interior of the atom wherein physicists found the secrets of nuclear energy; the institutional centres of American intellectual life that served as Oppenheimer’s professional milieu; the seductive hubs of political power to which he felt a fatal attraction; his own inner life, full of strange shadows and paradoxes.

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Published in June 2013 no. 352

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