Teller, Edward

Signed photo of the controversial WW II Manhattan Project physicist, "father of the hydrogen bomb"

Price: $150.00

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(1908-2003) Hungarian-American theoretical physicist called "the father of the hydrogen bomb." He made numerous contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, spectroscopy (in particular the Jahn-Teller and Renner-Teller effects), and surface physics. His extension of Enrico Fermi's theory of beta decay, in the form of Gamow-Teller transitions, provided an important stepping stone in its application, while the Jahn–Teller effect and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) theory have retained their original formulation and are mainstays in physics and chemistry. Teller also made contributions to the Thomas-Fermi theory, the precursor of density functional theory, a standard modern tool in the quantum mechanical treatment of complex molecules. In 1953, he, Nicholas Metropolis, Arianna Rosenbluth, Marshall Rosenbluth, and Augusta Teller co-authored a paper which is a standard starting point for the applications of the Monte Carlo method to statistical mechanics. Teller emigrated to the US in the 1930s, and was an early member of the Manhattan Project, charged with developing the first atomic bomb. During this time he made a serious push to develop the 1st fusion-based weapons, deferred until after WW II. After his controversial testimony in the security clearance hearing hearing of his former Los Alamos Laboratory superior J. Robert Oppenheimer, Teller was ostracized by much of the scientific community. He continued to find support from the US government and military research establishment, particularly for his advocacy for nuclear energy development, a strong nuclear arsenal, and a vigorous nuclear testing program. A co-founder of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he was both its director and associate director for many years. In his later years, Teller advocated controversial technological solutions to military and civilian problems, including a plan to excavate an artificial harbor in Alaska using thermonuclear explosive in "Project Chariot" and vigorously advocated Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Throughout his life, Teller was noted for his scientific ability, his difficult interpersonal relations, and volatile personality, and is considered an inspirations for the character "Dr. Strangelove" in the 1964 film. 10 x 8 SP, b&w glossy portrait of Dr. Teller seated in front of a microphone, signed in blue marker at bottom.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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