Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Great Regulars: For all his awkwardness and his apparent

disconnection from the world, [Robert] Oppenheimer's true destiny was leadership. Like many leaders--Churchill is the most obvious example--he was destined to do just one thing. The Manhattan Project was a staggering achievement involving the deployment of tens of thousands of workers, almost all of whom had no idea of the purpose of the mysterious work they were doing, and the balancing of the egos of the physicists and the demands of the military, not to mention the poison being poured into the whole system by the FBI agents who, without any hard evidence, had convinced themselves Oppenheimer was a traitor.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: Oppie: The Face Behind the Mushroom Cloud


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