Book The Twenty-Ninth

Hitler’s Scientists by John Cornwell

The story of Germany’s scientists in the period leading up to and including the second World War.

My punishingly short attention-span meant that it took me a while to get through this one, but that is not the fault of the author, who made it far more accessible and easy to read than such a comprehensive and exhaustively researched tome had any right to be.

This book covers the history of science in Germany from the end of the 19th Century through until the end of the war, profiling the significant works of the time. Also, it shows how hopelessly naive the Nazis were when it came to science. They kicked out all of the best scientists (who wound up working for the Allies), then deemed that theoretical physics (you know, the sort you’d use to figure out how to build, say, an atomic bomb) was ‘un-German’. It was all a little silly.

Overall, a very informative and fascinating book.


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