Judging Edward Teller: A closer look at one of the most influential scientists of the 21st century

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
12:00 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a presentation and discussion by the author Istvan Hargittai. Professor Attila Pok will introduce the author.

About the book:

Many people know Edward Teller as the "Father of the H-Bomb." His name tends to generate extreme views. To his supporters he was a hero of the Cold War. To his detractors he was evil personi fied. Between these extremes was the life of the real man.

In this definitive and comprehensive biography, Hungarian scientist Istvan Hargittai, a personal acquaintance of Teller's, presents a balanced portrait of the multifaceted and enigmatic scientist against the backdrop of a turbulent period of history. Taking pains to avoid bias and preconceptions, Hargittai critically examines Teller's personality, family background, and the experiences that guided his actions-correcting many of the myths that others and Teller himself promulgated.

About the author:

Istvan Hargittai PhD, DSc (Budapest, Hungary), is the author of several acclaimed books including the six-volume Candid Science series of interviews with famous scientists; The Road to Stockholm: Nobel Prizes, Science, and Scientists; The Martians of Science: Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century; and The DNA Doctor: Candid Conversations with James D. Watson. Dr. Hargittai is professor of chemistry at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and head of the George A Olah PhD School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and a member of the Academia Europaea in London.