The Resource Storytelling and science : rewriting Oppenheimer in the nuclear age, David K. Hecht

Storytelling and science : rewriting Oppenheimer in the nuclear age, David K. Hecht

Label
Storytelling and science : rewriting Oppenheimer in the nuclear age
Title
Storytelling and science
Title remainder
rewriting Oppenheimer in the nuclear age
Statement of responsibility
David K. Hecht
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"No single figure embodies Cold War science more than the renowned physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. Although other scientists may have been more influential in establishing the institutions and policies of the nuclear age, none has loomed larger in the popular imagination than the 'father of the atomic bomb.' Americans have been drawn to the story of the Manhattan Project Oppenheimer helped lead and riveted by the McCarthy-era politics that caught him in its crosshairs. Journalists and politicians, writers and artists have told Oppenheimer's story in many different ways since he first gained notoriety in 1945. In Storytelling and Science, David K. Hecht examines why they did so, and what they hoped to achieve through their stories. From the outset, accounts of Oppenheimer's life and work were deployed for multiple ends: to trumpet or denigrate the value of science, to settle old scores or advocate new policies, to register dissent or express anxieties. In these different renditions, Oppenheimer was alternately portrayed as hero and villain, establishment figure and principled outsider, 'destroyer of worlds' and humanist critic. Yet beneath the varying details of these stories, Hecht discerns important patterns in the way that audiences interpret, and often misinterpret, news about science. In the end, he argues, we find that science itself has surprisingly little to do with how its truths are assimilated by the public. Instead its meaning is shaped by narrative traditions and myths that frame how we think and write about it"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
P@U
Dewey number
530.092
Index
index present
LC call number
QC16.O62
LC item number
H43 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Science/technology/culture
Label
Storytelling and science : rewriting Oppenheimer in the nuclear age, David K. Hecht
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Contents
Introduction: Telling stories about science -- The atomic hero -- Coming of age in science -- Alternate histories -- The making and unmaking of Faust -- The modern subject -- Conclusion: Speaking of science
Control code
ocn919384596
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613763544
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt1cwmtp6
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.b34708637
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)919384596
  • pebcs1613763549

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