Heroes of Science Action Figures(8 posts) (6 voices)
Way too much testosterone. Where's Barbara McClintock, Annie Jump Cannon, Jill Tarter and Rosalind Franklin, to name just a few great women of science off the top of my head?
haha, I thought Cousteau was "where's Waldo", for a second.
Ph internet, how dull would be life witouth you
For extra nerd points, how many could you recognize without reading the titles? I got five - Einstein and Hawking, obviously, but also J Robert Oppenheimer, Michio Kaku, and Niel deGrasse Tyson.
Food for thought - should Heisenberg really be included? He was in charge of Hitler's nuclear weapons program, after all. I've heard the argument that he purposefully lead that program down blind alleys, but I'm not convinced that's what actually happened. Although if it did happen, it was an incredibly brave thing to do.
I'm very inclined to think he didn't, but there are a lot of blind spots here. (I've read pretty much all the aviable letters, document and interviews to both Heisenberg and Bohr, including letters between Marcuse and Heisenberg on that very topic, since that was my graduation tesis)
@kessy: most Germans were frightened by the possibility that the allies would get a superweapon.
Heisenberg was no exception and pursued the bomb enthusiastically, possibly more out of scientific curiosity than to "protect" Germany.
He was not enthusiastic about Nazism, but eventually he choose to side with his country and his people; nowadays, most Americans would do the same without hesitation.
Look at the Israeli today: surrounded, under terrible internal and external pressure; what most of them call "defence" many other would call wanton violence.
(Wow, I just pulled out a Reverse Godwin...)
Yea, that's mainly the core of it.
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