Tangled Causes of the Bomb's Creators

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Science  26 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5470, pp. 1350-1351
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5470.1350

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In the Shadow of the Bomb Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist. S. S. Schweber. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2000. 278 pp. $24.95, £15.95. ISBN 0-691-04989-0.

Schweber, Bethe's authorized biographer, approaches the theme of scientists' moral responsibilities through a comparison of two prominent participants in the development of nuclear weapons. He considers the similarities and differences in their choices and in the consequences of their political involvements.