The Quantum Exodus: Jewish Fugitives, the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust

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9780199592159: The Quantum Exodus: Jewish Fugitives, the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust

It was no accident that the Holocaust and the Atomic Bomb happened at the same time. When the Nazis came into power in 1933, their initial objective was not to get rid of Jews. Rather, their aim was to refine German culture: Jewish professors and teachers at fine universities were sacked. Atomic science had attracted a lot of Jewish talent, and as Albert Einstein and other quantum exiles scattered, they realized that they held the key to a weapon of unimaginable power. Convinced that their gentile counterparts in Germany had come to the same conclusion, and having witnessed what the Nazis were prepared to do, the exiles were afraid. They had to get to the Atomic Bomb first. The Nazis meanwhile had acquired a more pressing objective: their persecution of the Jews had evolved into extermination. Two dreadful projects - the Bomb and the Holocaust - became locked a grisly race.

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Gordon Fraser

Gordon Fraser was for many years the in-house editor at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva. His books on popular science and scientists include Cosmic Anger, a biography of Abdus Salam, the first Muslim Nobel scientist, and Antimatter: The Ultimate Mirror. He was also the editor of The New Physics for the 21st Century and The Particle Century. After undergraduate studies at Imperial College, London, he went on to a PhD in theoretical particle physics, and has worked as a research scientist as well as a journalist.

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"A unique intersection of three very broad topics: World War II, forefront physics, and the Holocaust. There are many good books by historians and journalists on Nazi Germany's loss of first-rate scientists, and the corresponding gains by the US and UK. However, Fraser's knowledge of physics issues is at the expert level, and he focuses specifically on the physicists, especially the research that was done by the refugees, and what was (or was not) done by those left behind." --R. Jeffrey Wilkes, University of Washington, USA

"The book is an easy and attractive read. It is essentially a human narrative: the science is outlined skilfully with just enough depth to let the general reader appreciate the issues that arose. The author brings a personal knowledge of many of those named. The book is timely as it bridges the transition between oral and documented history. The accessible style and the urgency of the growing tension make it a must-read." --David Saxon, formerly Kelvin Professor of Physics, University of Glasgow, UK

"This book tells one of the most important stories of the twentieth century with the panache and pacing of a beach thriller. Gordon Fraser shifts with ease from the innermost realms of nuclear physics to the migrations - and torments - of entire nations. Deep, difficult waters are explored without flinching." --Simon Hands, Swansea University, UK

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