Magazine
Latest Issue

The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler

Science must always be aware of its ethical dimension–now, as then

By Jonathan Derbyshire   October 2013

Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler by Philip Ball (Bodley Head, £25)

There is a substantial literature dealing with the compromises made by writers and intellectuals under the Third Reich—the cases of the philosopher Martin Heidegger and the jurist Carl Schmitt, to name only two, have received exhaustive treatment. The behaviour of scientists under National Socialism, however, has attracted rather less attention—in English at least.

Philip Ball’s latest book, his 17th, seeks to remedy this. Although he devotes a chapter to the wretched attempts…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect