Episode#21 – J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer

by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin


The book in one sentence

The rise and fall of one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century.


My personal opinion

Wow! One of the books which belongs to my all-time favourites. A biography like fiction. Known as the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer was a truly amazing person.

The book written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin covers the entire life of Oppenheimer: his childhood, his time in school at the “New York Society for Ethical Culture” and his time at Harvard. Followed by his studies at the university of Göttingen, meeting other scientists like Nils Bohr or Werner Heisenberg. The authors describe Oppenheimer’s work on the Manhattan-Project and the time after the second world war when he got in conflict with the US government.

After reading the biography of Oppenheimer I got a much more detailed understanding of the politics before and after the second world war, as well as the consequences of the atomic bomb for our world. And during the entire story, it is amazing to see how Oppenheimer as a person developed, his characteristics, his passion. A must-read!


To whom I would recommend this book

It’s a great book if you are interested in science, history and politics. The biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer covers a lot of aspects regarding these two topics.

As I already said, the story of Oppenheimer is very thrilling and entertaining. It is a book you cannot put aside once you started reading. It is a good-read for everybody.


What I learned from this book

  • “Deed, not Creed.” – Take responsibility for your life.
  • Stay curios.
  • Know enough to ask the right questions.
  • Find your passion.
  • Be critical of authorities.
  • Leading a team, focus on motivation.


Want to read this book?

Check it out on Amazon.com – J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin



Thanks to the publisher for printing such a great book!