An incisive and revealing exploration of the fate of physics under the Nazis - and how scientific idealism led to accommodation with a totalitarian regime.
Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and worked for many years as an editor for physical sciences at Nature. His books cover a wide range of scientific and cultural phenomena, and include Critical Mass- How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books), The Music Instinct, Curiosity- How Science Became Interested in Everything, Serving The Reich- The Struggle for the Soul of Science Under Hitler and Invisible- The history of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics.
"Ball's book shows what can happen to morality when cleverness and
discovery are valued above all else" -- Philip Maughan * New
"Ball does an outstanding service by reminding us how powerful and sometimes confusing the pressures were... Packed with dramatic, moving and even comical moments" -- Robert P Crease * Nature *
"A fascinating account of the moral dilemmas faced by German physicists working within Nazism. Impeccably researched" -- Ian Thomson * Tablet *
"An engrossing and disturbing book" -- Andrew Robinson * History Today *
"[A] fine book" -- Christopher Coker * Times Literary Supplement *