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Atomic FragmentsA Daughter's Questions$
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Mary Palevsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220553

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220553.001.0001

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Atomic Fragments

Mary Palevsky

University of California Press

The first section of this chapter aims to understand what happens to people with kind hearts and humanist feelings when they work on weapons of mass destruction, trying to examine the problem of power. The second section examines the Bohr phenomenon, and concepts of salvation and redemption attached to the atomic bomb. The third section looks at Robert Oppenheimer's belief in the transcendent meaning of science's creation. The fourth section discusses the “Atomic Scientist's Appeal,” released by the Federation of American Scientists in Hiroshima. The fifth section explores what science is and its larger meaning. The sixth section presents the author's reflections on the life of her parents, and on their teaching about the world of science that had nothing to do with the bomb. The last section closes with a few memories about her father.

Keywords:   mass destruction, atomic weapons, Robert Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr, Manhattan Project, Hiroshima

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