oppenheimerindexSome call him the greatest chess player in the world. He was a socialist who brought together some of the brightest minds on the planet and built the bomb that changed the world forever. And after the deed was done, he famously quoted the Bhagawad Gita.

He was villified and outed by special interest groups that saw more profit in building more powerful bombs, who labeled him a communist sympathizer for opposing the construction of a hydrogen bomb. This documentary dwells deeply into his personal life, the achievements and vendettas that shaped his career.

My favourite quote from him:
“The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited association of men for its furtherance — these are what may make a vast, complex, ever-growing, ever-changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world nevertheless a world of human community.”

How amazing is it that we have something like the internet and wikipedia, which has enabled us with the means to do just what he wished for.

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX65.html

More here: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer

A review of books chronicling his life: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18268

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