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The Martians of Science: Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century

István Hargittai

Abstract

Five men born at the turn of the 20th century in Budapest: Theodore von Kármán, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann, and Edward Teller, became a special group often referred to as the Martians. Through immigration from Hungary to Germany and to the United States, they remained friends and continued to work together and influence each other throughout their lives. As a result, their work was integral to some of the most important scientific and political developments of the 20th century. Wigner won a Nobel Prize in theoretical physics; Szilard was the first to see that a chain reaction ... More

Keywords: Theodore von Kármán, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann, Edward Teller, physics, nuclear chain reaction, Manhattan Project, modern computer, hydrogen bomb

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178456.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

István Hargittai, author
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

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