Best Read [Gregg Herken] ✓ Cardinal Choices: Presidential Science Advising from the Atomic Bomb to SDI (20th Century Fund) || [Poetry Book] PDF ☆

By Gregg Herken | Comments: ( 269 ) | Date: ( Dec 14, 2019 )

In 1939, physicist Leo Szilard worked desperately to convince the U.S government to build an atomic bomb It was Szilard who drafted the famous letter to President Roosevelt, signed by Albert Einstein, on the need to beat Germany in the race for nuclear weapons But by 1942, with the Manhattan project underway, he already feared that the bomb had taken on a life of its owIn 1939, physicist Leo Szilard worked desperately to convince the U.S government to build an atomic bomb It was Szilard who drafted the famous letter to President Roosevelt, signed by Albert Einstein, on the need to beat Germany in the race for nuclear weapons But by 1942, with the Manhattan project underway, he already feared that the bomb had taken on a life of its own Those who originated the work on this terrible weapon, he argued, had the responsibility to see that it was used at the proper time and in the proper way Szilard was ignored those who built the bomb had little impact on the decision to drop it But the struggle by scientists to influence weapons policy has continued, down to today s X ray lasers and SDI In Cardinal Choices, Smithsonian historian Gregg Herken provides a fascinating history of the tangled relations between the scientific community and the White House in the nuclear age Ever since the first nuclear detonation at Trinity Site in New Mexico, 1945, the White House has depended on the technical expertise of scientists as it makes decisions that could affect the survival of the planet Herken begins with a gripping account of the origins of the Manhattan project, following its growth into a permanent nuclear weapons establishment He paints precise portraits of the complex personalities at the heart of the ongoing drama, from Robert Oppenheimer s remorse over the bomb he had aggressively pushed forward, to Edward Teller s relentless pursuit of the Super the hydrogen bomb , to President Eisenhower s ambivalence about the mushrooming arms race And Herken goes behind the scenes in the White House to explore the impact of new and proposed technologies, including the U 2 spy plane, the electronic gadgets poured into Vietnam, and the nuclear explosion powered X ray lasers planned for SDI At the heart of the story is the tension between the experts and the politicians in the making of the cardinal choices Herken traces the rise and fall of advisory bodies, from Truman s Science Advisory Committee to Reagan s Office of Science and Technology Policy, as scientists have sought to influence policy, and as presidents have alternated between seeking out their advice and resisting or ignoring it The record, he writes, suggests that the question Who advises is hardly less important than that of Who governs Now, no less than at the height of the Cold War, it is critically important that the president gets sound advice on scientific issues Cardinal Choices offers a brilliant history of how the White House has been advised over the last fifty years, providing new insight into the role scientists should play in the future.


  • Title: Cardinal Choices: Presidential Science Advising from the Atomic Bomb to SDI (20th Century Fund)
  • Author: Gregg Herken
  • ISBN: 9780195072105
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover

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