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“Both the man of science and the man of action live always
at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.”

“There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science.
The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion,
to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.”

— J. Robert Oppenheimer


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          Julius Robert Oppenheimer studied at Harvard, Cambridge & Göttingen universities, then worked with Ernest O. Lawrence at U.C. Berkeley, together founding American theoretical physics. From 1943-45, Oppenheimer was scientific director of the top-secret Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. For twenty feverish months, the team at Los Alamos designed and produced the nuclear weapons that ended World War II, earning Oppenheimer the nickname 'father of the atomic bomb'. His later outspoken opinions led to removal from government jobs and the loss of his security clearance in 1954, and to investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee (under Sen. Joseph McCarthy).

President of the American Physical Society in 1948

J. Robert Oppenheimer entry at Wikipedia
J. Robert Oppenheimer credits [1949-2010] at Internet Movie Database


Writings  of  J. Robert Oppenheimer
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"Science and The Common Understanding" [Simon and Schuster, 1954]
http://www.amazon.com/Science-Common-Understanding-J-robert-oppenheimer/dp/0671636014/

"The Open Mind: Atomic Weapons and The Relationship Between Science & Culture"
[New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955]
http://www.amazon.com/Open-Mind-Oppenheimer-J-Robert/dp/B001E22074/
http://www.amazon.com/open-mind-lectures-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/B0006AU8II
http://www.amazon.com/Open-Mind-J-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/1124009531/

"The Constitution of Matter" [1956]
http://www.amazon.com/Constitution-Matter-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/B000O2P9GY/

"The Flying Trapeze: Three Crises For Physicists" [Oxford Univ Press, 1964]
http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Trapeze-Three-Crises-Physicists/dp/B000LZDUKQ/

Oppenheimer Letters & Recollections  "Robert Oppenheimer: Letters & Recollections" [1980]
Edited by Alice Kimball Smith & Charles Weiner

Letters written by Oppenheimer, 1922-1945; recollections of others
about Oppenheimer; and the transcript of an interview, circa 1965

Stanford Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/95] for $17.13
Harvard Univ Press hardcover [5/80] for $39.49

"Uncommon Sense" [Birkhäuser Boston, 1984]
http://www.amazon.com/Uncommon-Sense-J-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/0817631658/

"Atom and Void: Essays On Science & Community" [Princeton Univ Press, 1989]
http://www.amazon.com/Atom-Void-Science-Community-Princeton/dp/0691085471/

Books  About  J. Robert Oppenheimer
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"J. Robert Oppenheimer and The Atomic Story" [1962] by J. Alvin Kugelmass
http://www.amazon.com/J-Robert-Oppenheimer-Atomic-Story/dp/B0019DG8DU/
http://www.amazon.com/J-ROBERT-OPPENHEIMER-ATOMIC-STORY/dp/B000JPKLEG/

"Robert Oppenheimer: The man & His Theories" [1965] by Michel Rouze
http://www.amazon.com/ROBERT-OPPENHEIMER-MAN-HIS-THEORIES/dp/B000N6OD18/

"Oppenheimer: The Story of A Friendship" [1965] by Haakon Chevalier
http://www.amazon.com/Oppenheimer-Friendship-Robert-Chevalier-Haakon/dp/B001JJQD9S/

"Lawrence and Oppenheimer" [Simon and Schuster, 1968] by Nuel Pharr Davis
http://www.amazon.com/Lawrence-Oppenheimer-Robert-Davis-Pharr/dp/B000K5OKSI/

"Oppenheimer: Illustrated" [1969]
Essays by I.I. Rabi, Robert Serber, Victor F. Weisskopf, Abraham Pais & Glenn T. Seaborg
Scribner 9½x6 hardcover [1/69] out of print/used

"The Swift Years: The Robert Oppenheimer Story" [Dodd Mead, 1969]
by Peter Michelmore ISBN 0-396-06024-2

"The Advisors: Oppenheimer, Teller & The Superbomb" [Stanford Univ Press, 1976] by Herbert York
http://www.amazon.com/Advisors-Oppenheimer-Superbomb-Stanford-Nuclear/dp/0804717133/

Oppenheimer / Shatterer of Worlds  "J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds" [1981]
by Peter J. Goodchild

Houghton Mifflin pb [5/81] out of print/used
Fromm Intl 9½x7¼ pb [9/85] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [5/85] out of print/used

"Oppenheimer and The Atomic Bomb" [1989] by Rebecca Larsen
http://www.amazon.com/Oppenheimer-Atomic-Bomb-Rebecca-Larsen/dp/0531106071/

"Atomic Dawn: A Biography of Robert Oppenheimer" [1989] by John E. Driemen
http://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Dawn-Biography-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/0875183972/

"Robert Oppenheimer: Dark Prince" [Facts On File, 1992]
by Jack Rummel ISBN 0-8160-2598-3

Critical Assembly History of Los Alamos  "Critical Assembly: A Technical History of Los Alamos During The Oppenheimer Years, 1943-1945" [1993]
by Lillian Hoddeson, Paul W. Henriksen, Roger A. Meade & Catherine L. Westfall

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [2/2004] for $53.95
Cambridge Univ Press 8¾x6 hardcover [5/93] for $160.00

"Oppenheimer and The Bomb" [1998] by Paul Strathern
http://www.amazon.com/Oppenheimer-Bomb-Paul-Strathern/dp/009923792X/

Oppenheimer bio by RFB  "Robert Oppenheimer, 1904-1967" [1999]
by Robert F. Bacher

Los Alamos Historical Society 9¼x6 pb [12/99] for $10.00
Shadow of the Bomb / Oppenheimer & Bethe  "In the Shadow of The Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe & The Moral Responsibility of The Scientist" [2000]
by Silvan S. Schweber

Princeton Univ Press 9½x6½ pb [4/2000] for $34.15

"Fallout" graphic novel about Szilard & Oppenmheimer [2001] by Jim Ottaviani
http://www.amazon.com/Fallout-Jim-Ottaviani/dp/0966010639/

"Robert Oppenheimer" [Mass pb Jun 20, 2002] by Michel Rival /202053438X/

"In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Security Clearance Hearing" [Cornell Univ, 2002]
Edited by Richard Polenberg ISBN 0-8014-3783-0 978-0801486616
http://www.amazon.com/Matter-Robert-Oppenheim-Mermaid-Dramabook/dp/0809012154/
http://www.amazon.com/Matter-Robert-Oppenheimer-Clearance-Paperbacks/dp/0801437830/
http://www.amazon.com/Matter-J-Robert-Oppenheimer-Self-Defense/dp/0275944298/
http://www.amazon.com/Matter-J-Robert-Oppenheimer-Documents/dp/B000IWWON6/

Brotherhood of the Bomb  "Brotherhood of The Bomb: The Tangled Lives & Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence & Edward Teller" [2002]
by Gregg Herken

Owl Books pb [9/2003] for $10.88
Henry Holt 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2002] out of print/used
Oppenheimer Portrait of An Enigma  "Oppenheimer: Portrait of An Enigma" [2004]
by Jeremy Bernstein

Ivan R. Dee 8c5¼ pb [8/2005] for $10.17
Ivan R. Dee 8¾x5¾ hardcover [4/2004] for $16.50
Oppenheimer & the American Century  "J. Robert Oppenheimer and The American Century" [2004]
by David C. Cassidy

Pi Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [8/2004] for $18.45

"The Teflon Scientist: An Unorthodox View of The Oppenheimer Case" [2004] by Stanley Bowes
http://www.amazon.com/Teflon-Scientist-Unorthodox-View-Oppenheimer/dp/1413442455/

"Reappraising Oppenheimer: Centennial Studies & Reflections" [Univ of CA, 2005]
by Cathryn Carson ISBN 0-9672617-3-2
http://www.amazon.com/Reappraising-Oppenheimer-Centennial-Studies-Reflections/dp/0967261732/

"Giants of Science: J. Robert Oppenheimer" [2005] by Toney Allman
http://www.amazon.com/Giants-Science-J-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/1567118895/

"Oppenheimer and The Manhattan Project: Insights Into J. Robert Oppenheimer, Father of The Atomic Bomb"
[2005] by Cynthia C. Kelly
http://www.amazon.com/Oppenheimer-Manhattan-Project-Insights-Robert/dp/981256599X/

American Prometheus  "American Prometheus: The Triumph & Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" [2005]
by Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin

winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [4/2006] for $11.67
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2005] for $23.10
109 East Palace   "109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer & The Secret City of Los Alamos" [2005]
by Jennet Conant

S&S 8½x5½ pb [5/2006] for $10.78
S&S 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2005] for $16.98
Audioworks ABR audio CD [4/2005] for $18.87
Audioworks ABR audio [4/2005] for $17.16
Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer   "The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer & The Birth of The Modern Arms Race" [2005]
by Priscilla J. McMillan

Penguin pb [3/2006] for $10.40
Viking 9¼x6½ hardcover [7/2005] for $16.35
Oppenheimer bio by Pais   "J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life" [2006]
by Abraham Pais, with Robert P. Crease

Oxford Univ Press hardcover [4/2006] for $18.90

"Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect" [Univ Chicago Press, 2006] ISBN 0-226-79845-3 by Charles Thorpe
http://www.amazon.com/Oppenheimer-Tragic-Intellect-Charles-Thorpe/dp/0226798453/

"J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Brain Behind The Bomb" (Inventors Who Changed the World)
[2007] by Glenn Scherer & Marty Fletcher
http://www.amazon.com/J-Robert-Oppenheimer-Inventors-Changed/dp/1598450506/

"Oppenheimer Is Watching Me" [Univ of Iowa Press, 2007] Jeff Porter ISBN 1-58729-616-0
http://www.amazon.com/Oppenheimer-Watching-Me-Memoir-Sightline/dp/1587296160/

"U.F.O. Secrecy and The Fall of J. Robert Oppenheimer" [Sep 24, 2008]
by Donald R. & Mollie L. Burleson
http://www.amazon.com/UFO-Secrecy-Fall-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/0964958066/

"The Redemption of Oppenheimer" [Oct 21, 2008] by Robert Montagnese new: $14.49
http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Oppenheimer-Robert-Montagnese/dp/1438915152/

"A Life In Twilight: The Final Years of J. Robert Oppenheimer" [Nov 11, 2008] by Mark Wolverton
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Twilight-Final-Robert-Oppenheimer/dp/0312374402/

Einstein Oppenheimer Genius  "Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius" [2008]
by Silvan S. Schweber

Harvard Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2008] for $19.77

Albert Einstein Page at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Oppenheimer, The Cold War & The Atomic West biography by Jon Hunner  "J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Cold War & The Atomic West" [2009]
by Jon Hunner

Univ OK Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/2009] for $17.96
Atomic Love Story / Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life book by Shirley Streshinsky & Patricia Klaus  "An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women In Robert Oppenheimer’s Life"
[2013] by Shirley Streshinsky & Patricia Klaus

well-researched limited biography featuring Oppenheimer's relationships with Jean Tatlock, wife Kitty Harrison Oppenheimer, and married Ruth Sherman Tolman
Kindle Edition from Turner Publng [9/2013] for $9.99
Turner Publng 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2013] for $20.17

Fiction  About  J. Robert Oppenheimer

Pure and Radiant Heart  "Oh Pure and Radiant Heart" [2005 novel] by Lydia Millet
A shy librarian in Santa Fe, New Mexico discovers that three atomic scientists watching the Trinity Test in 1945 – Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard & Enrico Fermi – have transported sixty years into the future, where they must re-examine their legacy.
Harvest 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2006] for $10.20
Soft Skull Press 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2005] for $19.00
publisher bookpageauthor website

Stageplays,  and  Motion Pictures & Videos
J. Robert Oppenheimer credits [1949-2010] at Internet Movie Database

see more Atomic Cinema
(B.B.C. & I.T.V. documentaries, dramatizations, animated films, etc.) at
Spirit of America's Atomic Film Festival Page

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In The Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer 1964 stageplay  "In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer" ("In The Matter of ...")
[1964 stageplay] by Heinar Kipphardt of Germany

Oppenheimer was angry about the play and threatened to sue Kipphardt. "The
whole damn thing [his security hearing] was a farce, and these people are trying
to make a tragedy out of it."
stageplay entry at German Wikipedia
Hill & Wang 8x5 pb playscript [1998] for $14.00
Hill & Wang 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Rowohlt Taschenbuch German-language edition pb [1998] out of print/used

"In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer" [German TV Jan 1964]
Directed by Gerhard Klingenberg; written by Heinar Kipphardt; credits at IMDb

"In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer" remake [German TV 1981]
Directed by Dieter Giesing; written by Heinar Kipphardt; credits at IMDb

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"The Oppenheimer Affair: A Political Play In Three Acts" [1968]
by Joseph Boskin
Glencoe Press pb [1968] out of print/used

Oppenheimer TV mini-series starring Sam Waterston  "Oppenheimer: Father of The Atomic Bomb" TV mini-series
[B.B.C./WGBH-TV U.K. Oct 1980, USA May 1982]

7-episode color TV mini-series about the American physicist who led the top-secret 'Manhattan Project' to develop the atomic bomb during World War II. After the bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, he suffers increasing ambivalence about the effect of his life's work, which leads to suspicion as a security risk during the McCarthy 'red scare' oppression of the 1950s. Directed by Barry Davis; written by Peter Prince' narrated by John Carson; starring Sam Waterston {as Oppenheimer}, Jana Shelden, David Suchet, Manning Redwood, Christopher Muncke, Edward Hardwicke, Matthew Guinnes, Bob Sherman, John Morton, Garrick Hagon & Peter Marinker; won 3 BAFTA Awards
B.B.C. Warner widescreen color DVD [8/00] 3 disks for $21.99
full credits at IMDb

Day After Trinity   "The Day After Trinity" documentary feature [1981]
Produced & co-written by Janet Peoples, co-written & directed by Jon Else; nominated for Best Documentary Oscar, won A.C.E. & Peabody Awards
Image Ent. color DVD [5/2002] for $21.99
Pyramid Home Video color VHS [8/91] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
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"The Love Song of J Robert Oppenheimer" [2004 stageplay] by Carson Kreitzer
2009 performance at Custom Made Theatre Company in San Francisco, CA
2009 rehearsal video from performance at Le Chat Noir in Augusta, GA
2009 performance at Mother Road Theatre Company in Albuquerque, NM
Dramatists Publng hardcover playscript [1/2006] out of print/used

Hiroshima 60th Anniversary DVD box set  "Hiroshima: 60th Anniversary" DVD Box Set [History Channel 2005]
Five 50-minute episodes from diverse History Channel series: "Hiroshima: The Decision To Drop The Bomb" {IMDb}; "Tech Effect: Hiroshima" {IMDb}; "J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of The Atomic Bomb" {IMDb}; "Man, Moment, Machine: Oppenheimer & The Atomic Bomb" {IMDb}; and "Modern Marvels: The Manhattan Project" {IMDb}
A&E 4-hour-plus DVD set [undated] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
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Doctor Atomic opera   "Doctor Atomic: The Opera" [San Francisco Opera Oct 2005]
Focuses on Robert Oppenheimer, his wife Kitty, and Gen. Leslie Groves before and after the Trinity bomb test in 1945. Music by John Adams, libretto by Peter Sellars that quotes from declassified historical documents as well as the Bhagavad Gita, songs of the Tewa Indians, and poetry of Charles Baudelaire, John Donne & Muriel Rukeyser. Premiered in San Francisco in October 2005; restaged for Netherlands TV in June 2007.
Directed by Peter Sellars, starring Gerald Finley, Kristine Jepson or Jessica Rivera & Eric Owens
Opus Arte widescreen color Blu-ray [3/2009] for $26.99
Opus Arte widescreen color DVD [9/2008] for $39.99
Nonesuch symphony CD [7/2009] for $13.99
full credits at IMDbentry at Wikipediaofficial opera site
Wonders Are Many, Making Doctor Atomic documentary film  
"Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic" [ITVS May 2008]
92-minute documentary tracing a 'dazzling double-helix trajectory': one thread follows composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars; the second thread recounts the actual historical events. Directed by Jon Else
Docurama color DVD [2/2009] for $24.49
full credits at IMDb

American Experience, Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer  "American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
[P.B.S. airdate 26 Jan 2009]

2-hour combination of archive footage, interviews and dramatization
Co-produced, written & directed by David Grubin; narrated by Campbell
Scott, starring David Strathairn (as J. Robert Oppenheimer}
P.B.S. Home Video color DVD [3/2009] for $22.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

brother  Frank Oppenheimer  [1912-85]
entry at Wikipedia

Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens book by K.C. Cole  "Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer
and The World He Made Up" [2009] by K.C. Cole

Mariner Books pb [9/2010] price not defined - sign up to be notified
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9x6 hardcover [8/2009] for $17.82

L i n k s
J. Robert Oppenheimer entry at Wikipedia
J. Robert Oppenheimer credits [1949-2010] at Internet Movie Database
listed #48 on Atlantic Monthly's "100 Most Influential Americans" (12/2006)
Oppenheimer article on the Los Alamos National Laboratory website
Oppenheimer Centennial Exhibit [2004] at U.C. Berkeley
The Oppenheimer House in Los Alamos, NM

Spirit of America Bookstore's Los Alamos, NM & The Manhattan Project Page

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