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112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Godel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science.

112 MERCER STREET: Einstein, Russell, Godel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science

BURTON FELDMAN, KATHERINE WILLIAMS, EDS.

In 1943, Albert Einstein invited three friends--pacifist and philosopher Bertrand Russell, physicist Wolfgang Pauli, and mathematician Kurt Godel--to his home on Mercer Street in Princeton, N.J. Little is known about what was actually said, but Feldman uses the meeting as a starting point for examining the lives of these four men and their groundbreaking work. Rivalries among the four were strong. But by the time of their reunion, the men also had something in common: They had been sidelined from the ongoing war effort, notably the research at Los Alamos. They also were united by a concern over the politicization of science. It was, the author notes, the end of innocence in science. Feldman rounds out his account with profiles of two of the men's contemporaries, both of whom represented science's new direction: Werner Heisenberg, who did fission research in Germany, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, leader of the Manhattan Project. Arcade, 2007, 243 p., hardcover, $26.00.

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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Date:Sep 8, 2007
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