Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any `Jewish ideas', many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among them were world-renowned physicists Max Planck, Peter Debye and Werner Heisenberg.
After the war most scientists in Germany maintained they had been apolitical or even resisted the regime: Debye claimed that he had gone to America in 1940 to escape Nazi interference in his research; Heisenberg and others argued that they had deliberately delayed production of the atomic bomb.
In a gripping exploration of moral choices under a totalitarian regime, here are human dilemmas, failures to take responsibility and three lives caught between the idealistic goals of science and a tyrannical ideology.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
"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 *