Held a hefty book today that warrants a blog post. The book is American Prometheus, The triumph and tragedy of Robert J. Oppenheimer.
I referred to this book to check on a certain event in Oppenheimers life. It is this: Oppenheimer, at one time, left a poisoned apple for his tutor Blackett at Cambridge (Blackett apparently and luckily did not eat it). This rather alarming action was the result of Oppenheimer’s lack of good experimental hands. Blackett had assigned him seom experiments without knowing Oppenheimer’s ineptitude, and boy! What a way to be avenged! Oppenheimer almost got expelled for this. Like many extraordinarily smart men and women he had many demons in him. Perhaps, he sublimated them only to midwife the atomic demon into this world.
As an aside, here’s a remarkable quote from the book. “When Dirac and Oppenheimer were both at Cambridge, Oppenheimer offered Dirac several books for reading. Dirac politely declined the gift, remarking that reading books interfered with thought.“