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Uncertainty in Heisenberg's Role in Germany's Atomic Bomb Program

Investigative journalist Tom Powers has written a new book about the German attempt to get an atomic bomb, the threat that terrified American scientists and military during World War II. The book is "Heisenberg's War." At the center of the story is German physicist and Nobel laureate Werner Heisenberg. While other preeminent scientists left Germany with the rise of the Reich, Heinsenberg chose to stay to defend what was left of "good science." The program weapons program failed. Since then, there's long been a debate about whether he purposely held back research on the bomb to thwart Hitler, or he inadvertently bungled the attempt. Powers makes a case for the former.


Other segments from the episode on March 3, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 3, 1993: Interview with Forrest Sawyer; Interview with Thomas Powers; Review of television concerts honoring Bob Dylan and Stephen Sondheim.


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