Hyde Park Book Group March 24 Meeting
American Prometheus the Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (725 pages)
Come join us to discuss American Prometheus. Robert Oppenheimer was an outstanding physicist of the twentieth century, often called the Father of the Atomic Bomb. Bird and Sherwin provide a chronological story of Oppenheimer's life, emphasizing not only his studies of physics, but the social and cultural conditions of his life. He grew from a socially inept student to a successful physicist who turned the Berkeley physics department into the finest in the country, while pursuing research and publishing. He was beloved by his students. He was chosen to direct the Manhattan Project's main research facility and developed administrative skills to direct hundreds, then thousands of scientists and technicians. After the great success of the project, Oppenheimer was a national hero. Later, in the political climate of the 1950's, his views led to investigations.
Paul will lead the discussion.
We will select books at the March 24 meeting. Fiction or non-fiction is fine. Please read the book before you recommend it. The person recommending the book usually leads the discussion.
We will meet at the Sidney residence. If you plan to attend please call or email the contact person listed below for directions or questions.
No Registration Required
Sunday, 03/24/19 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Sidney Residence
Gerald Talsky AM '70