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Hitler's Scientists - Science, War and the Devil's Pact

John Cornwell

By the first decade of the twentieth century, Germany was the Mecca of science and technology in the world. However, by the beginning of the First World War, Germany began to display some of the features that would blight the conduct of ideal science through the rest of the century. After Hitler came into power in 1933, science and technology were quickly pressed into service by racist, xenophobic idealologies. From 1939 to the war's end, scientists working under military control began research on nuclear chain reaction with the prospect of arming Hitler with an atomic bomb. By 1943, few areas of German science, technology, and industry had not been experimentation and mass killing. How German scientists behaved in the era spanning the beginning of the First War and the end of the Second raises many questions, disturbing and relevant to this day, about how scientist act under pressure of social and political circumstances and events. In pondering the moral and political predicament of the unregulated pursuit of scientific progress, Hitler's Scientist today prompts uncomfortable parallels with the past.

By the first decade of the twentieth century, Germany was the Mecca of science and technology in the world. However, by the beginning of the First World War, Germany began to display some of the features that would blight the conduct of ideal science through the rest of the century. After Hitler came into power in 1933, science and technology were quickly pressed into service by racist, xenophobic idealologies. From 1939 to the war's end, scientists working under military control began research on nuclear chain reaction with the prospect of arming Hitler with an atomic bomb. By 1943, few areas of German science, technology, and industry had not been experimentation and mass killing. How German scientists behaved in the era spanning the beginning of the First War and the end of the Second raises many questions, disturbing and relevant to this day, about how scientist act under pressure of social and political circumstances and events. In pondering the moral and political predicament of the unregulated pursuit of scientific progress, Hitler's Scientist today prompts uncomfortable parallels with the past.
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History

Description:

By the first decade of the twentieth century, Germany was the Mecca of science and technology in the world. However, by the beginning of the First World War, Germany began to display some of the features that would blight the conduct of ideal science through the rest of the century. After Hitler came into power in 1933, science and technology were quickly pressed into service by racist, xenophobic idealologies. From 1939 to the war's end, scientists working under military control began research on nuclear chain reaction with the prospect of arming Hitler with an atomic bomb. By 1943, few areas of German science, technology, and industry had not been experimentation and mass killing. How German scientists behaved in the era spanning the beginning of the First War and the end of the Second raises many questions, disturbing and relevant to this day, about how scientist act under pressure of social and political circumstances and events. In pondering the moral and political predicament of the unregulated pursuit of scientific progress, Hitler's Scientist today prompts uncomfortable parallels with the past.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Prebble

Length:

6h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:17


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:12