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- Science, War, and the Devil's Pact
- By: John Cornwell
- Narrated by: Simon Prebble
- Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
When Hitler came to power in the 1930s, Germany had led the world in science, mathematics, and technology for nearly four decades. But while the fact that Hitler swiftly pressed Germany's scientific prowess into the service of a brutal, racist, xenophobic ideology is well known, few realize that German scientists had knowingly broken international agreements and basic codes of morality to fashion deadly weapons even before World War I.
Excellent due to great content and reader
- By Dave on 04-12-04
A must read for all scientist!
If you are either a World War II buff or work in the sciences, this book is extremely informative. John Cornwell does an excellent job in providing insight on how each scientific achievement helped the Allies win the war and conversely how Hitler's decisions regarding technology lost the Axis powers the war. He does an excellent job in the last chapter explaining how the scientific community can learn from the mistakes in the past as well as describing how today's scientist cannot ignore the social and geopolitical ramifications of his/her technological break-through(s). This is especially true when they can be put to use in the battle field.