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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 is a freelance writer and a consultant editor for Nature, where he previously worked as an editor for physical sciences. He writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and his many books include Critical Mass- How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books), The Music Instinct, Unnatural- The Heretical Idea of Making People and, most recently, Curiosity- How Science Became Interested in Everything.
"Ball's book shows what can happen to morality when cleverness and discovery are valued above all else" -- Philip Maughan * New Statesman * "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 *