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The Resource Tuxedo Park : a Wall Street tycoon and the secret palace of science that changed the course of World War II, Jennet Conant

Tuxedo Park : a Wall Street tycoon and the secret palace of science that changed the course of World War II, Jennet Conant

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Tuxedo Park : a Wall Street tycoon and the secret palace of science that changed the course of World War II
Title
Tuxedo Park
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a Wall Street tycoon and the secret palace of science that changed the course of World War II
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Jennet Conant
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the fall of 1940, as German bombers flew over London and with America not yet at war, a small team of British scientists on orders from Winston Churchill carried out a daring transatlantic mission. The British unveiled their most valuable military secret in a clandestine meeting with American nuclear physicists at the Tuxedo Park mansion of a mysterious Wall Street tycoon, Alfred Lee Loomis. Powerful, handsome, and enormously wealthy, Loomis had for years led a double life, spending his days brokering huge deals and his weekends working with the world's leading scientists in his deluxe private laboratory that was hidden in a massive stone castle." "In this account of a hitherto unexplored but crucial story of the war, Jennet Conant traces one of the world's most extraordinary careers and scientific enterprises. She describes Loomis' phenomenal rise to become one of the Wall Street legends of the go-go twenties. He rode out the Depression years in high style, and indulged in the hobbies of the fabulously rich." "At the height of his influence on Wall Street, Loomis abruptly retired and devoted himself purely to science. He turned his Tuxedo Park laboratory into the meeting place for the most visionary minds of the twentieth century: Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, James Franck, Niels Bohr, and Enrico Fermi. With England threatened by invasion, he joined Vannevar Bush, Karl Compton, and the author's grandfather, Harvard president James B. Conant, in mobilizing civilian scientists to defeat Nazi Germany, and personally bankrolled pioneering research into the radar detection systems that ultimately changed the course of World War II." "Together with his friend Ernest Lawrence, the Nobel Prize-winning atom smasher, Loomis established a top-secret wartime laboratory at MIT and recruited the most famous names in physics. Through his close ties to his cousin Henry Stimson, who was secretary of war, Loomis was able to push FDR to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to create the advanced radar systems that defeated the German Air Force and deadly U-boats, and then to build the first atomic bomb. One of the greatest scientific generals of World War II, Loomis' legacy exists not only in the development of radar but also in his critical role in speeding the day of victory."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Conant, Jennet
Dewey number
  • 530/.0092/274731
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QC16.L647
LC item number
C66 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Loomis, Alfred L.
  • Physicists
  • Atomic bomb
  • Research
  • World War, 1939-1945
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Tuxedo Park : a Wall Street tycoon and the secret palace of science that changed the course of World War II, Jennet Conant
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-309) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
48966735
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684872872
Lccn
2002021001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Tuxedo Park : a Wall Street tycoon and the secret palace of science that changed the course of World War II, Jennet Conant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-309) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
48966735
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684872872
Lccn
2002021001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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