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American Prometheus: The triumph and tragedy of J. Robert by Bird K., Sherwin M.J.

By Bird K., Sherwin M.J.

J. Robert Oppenheimer is without doubt one of the iconic figures of the 20 th century, a super physicist who led the trouble to construct the atomic bomb for his state in a time of battle, and who later discovered himself confronting the ethical results of clinical development. during this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years within the making, Kai chicken and Martin Sherwin seize Oppenheimer’s existence and occasions, from his early profession to his vital function within the chilly struggle. this can be biography and historical past at its most interesting, riveting and deeply informative.

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M. for Alexandria. M. Many train riders are well known today, such as Omar Batisha, who is now the head of Egyptian broadcasting. One aspect that made living in Damanhur and having to take the train every morning and evening actually agreeable—desirable, even— was the fact that there was a high proportion of young women on the trains. On the train some of us were more assertive with these attractive girls from Damanhur. Omar tells me that I was always quiet, reading to myself and studying. He remembers it that way—it's his official version.

Samir and Rafat and I wrote a couple of papers together, which were my first published works and which appeared in print between 1969 and 1971. I was doing my research in 1967 and 1968, a time of tremendous introspection for Egypt. It was wartime and spirits were low. Businesses were struck hard; spare parts could not be found for cars, buses, or other machinery; tourism was nonexistent. A good number of my friends had to go to the war front, and many of the university students were also involved.

At night we took a felucca (Nile sailboat) ride to cool off and rest, taking in the spectacular scenery. We played together and even sang Umm Kulthum songs along the corniche as we walked to or from a restaurant. We all took lots of photos during our trip; I took about 300 and still have many of them. We stayed in fancy hotels like the Cataract in Aswan. THE GATE TO SCIENCE 37 On another occasion (this time I was a mu 'id), we went onto the sahil al-shamali, the northern coast, to the west of Alexandria, and to a place called Bagush.

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