Physicists in ConflicteBook - 1998
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.