Oct 2, 2021 • 1HR 3M

Episode 5: The Eccentricities of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Oppenheimer photographed in his office at the IAS in the 1960s (Photo: Marvin Koner)

This episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the July 23rd 2021 newsletter 'The Eccentricities of J. Robert Oppenheimer'. Read by Steve King, the episode is an introduction to the life of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb.


Chapters: Welcome (00:00), Introduction (00:37), Early Life (03:28), At Harvard (11:09), At Cambridge (13:35), At Göttingen (20:17), Research (25:33), The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation (26:18), The Oppenheimer-Phillips Process (30:58), The Manhattan Project (33:58), The Trinity Test (40:24), The Institute for Advanced Study (46:06), FBI Investigation (47:37), Personality (49:36), Death (59:38), Clip from Interview with Edward R. Murrow (01:00:34).