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The Big Idea: Oppenheimer and the Bomb

AuthorPaul Strathern

NarratorFergus Mcclelland

Duration1h 45m

CategoriesChildren and Young Adult Non-Fiction and Educational Titles, History

Key StageKS4

PublisherInhouse

VersionUnabridged

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A charismatic teacher who inspired a generation of physicists, Robert Oppenheimer, the subject of this brief biography, is remembered today as 'the father of the atom bomb'. It was his creation that brought a devastating end to World War II. The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed hundreds of thousands, destroyed the lives of millions, and ushered in a new era in which the potential for nuclear annihilation held the world in a precarious balance for the next five decades. Developing the bomb involved highly complex and theoretical work on splitting the atom. How did Oppenheimer go about this work? What of the moral dilemmas Oppenheimer faced over the creation of a weapon of such mass destruction? And what about his contributions to quantum mechanics and his early work on black holes? This audiobook, one of a series which gives straightforward accounts of great discoveries, presents a snapshot of a scientist and his controversial work, offering an explanation of how the bomb was developed, its importance, and its implications for the 20th century and beyond. THIS AUDIOBOOK CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE.

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