Serving the Reich : The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler, Paperback / softback Book

Serving the Reich : The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler Paperback / softback


Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler.

While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any `Jewish ideas', many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime.

Among them were world-renowned physicists Max Planck, Peter Debye and Werner Heisenberg. After the war most scientists in Germany maintained they had been apolitical or even resisted the regime: Debye claimed that he had gone to America in 1940 to escape Nazi interference in his research; Heisenberg and others argued that they had deliberately delayed production of the atomic bomb. In a gripping exploration of moral choices under a totalitarian regime, here are human dilemmas, failures to take responsibility and three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideology.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: History of science
  • ISBN: 9780099581642

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