Physicists in Conflict

Physicists in Conflict

eBook - 1998
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Dialogue in science is essential for progress. But when dialogue becomes conflict or further intensifies to persecution, the situation is harmful not only to science, but also the wider society in which science exists. This is true whether the conflict is internal, in the case of Boltzmann, or external, as with Galileo or Oppenheimer against their respective authorities.

This book examines the nature of conflict in science through examples chosen from the history of physics. These cases fall into three broad themes: physicists in conflict with religion; conflict between physicists on significant scientific issues; physicists in conflict with each other and politicians on matters of public policy with scientific content. Conflict is singled out as a common element in otherwise disparate areas precisely because it has characteristics which are common to the different cases, and sometimes the similarities are remarkable. The cases of Galileo and Oppenheimer in particular, are examples of this.

The book is intended for a general readership, and should be intelligible to someone with an interest in physics, but slight knowledge; as well as to undergraduate and professional physicist. It will also be of interest to those working in the fields of peace and conflict studies.

Publisher: Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., [1998], ©1998
ISBN: 9780585254500
Branch Call Number: 530.0922 Po
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 275 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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