John Gribbin

Science for Sale

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


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Anew book from Philip Ball is always an eagerly anticipated event, but this one exceeds expectations. This is partly because his writing reaches ever higher standards, but also because the passage of time now makes it possible to take a dispassionate view of his subject matter: the behaviour of scientists in Hitler’s Germany. Were they ideological Nazis, active supporters of the regime? Or self-serving cowards, out to save their own skin? Or something in between?

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