Patrick Blackett : sailor, scientist, and socialist /
edited by Peter Hore ; with a foreword by Tam Dalyell.
London ; Portland, OR : F. Cass, 2003.
xiii, 330 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
0714653179 (cloth)
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London ; Portland, OR : F. Cass, 2003.
0714653179 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
Peter Hore was until recently the Royal Navy's Head of Defence Studies. Originally, he was a logistics officer who served at sea in frigates and destroyers, including exchange service in the USN and two tours in the NATO Standing Naval Force.
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This edited volume comprises a series of essays about Patrick Maynard Stewart Blackett, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, as well as a prominent figure in the Royal Navy and British politics.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Such was the incredible presence and raw integrity of the subject of this biography that the author of the foreword is sure that Robert Maxwell would have stayed on the straight and narrow had Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett lived a bit longer.
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This edited volume comprises a series of essays about Patrick Maynard Stewart Blackett, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, as well as a prominent figure in the Royal Navy and British politics. Blackett was battle-hardened in World War I and contributed directly to the Allied victory in World War II. Showing precocious ability in mechanical invention and benefiting from the Royal Navy's revolutionary education - the most advanced available in Britain in the early 1900s - Blackett had gone to war in 1914 aged 16. Escaping death and drowning, he saw action in two major battles, and spent several gruelling years on patrol in small ships. When the Royal Navy sent its young officers to be "civilized" at Cambridge after World War I, Blackett decided to stay on. Blackett would go on to become one of the most remarkable scientists of his generation, winning the Nobel Prize for physics in 1948 for his work on cloud chambers. He also helped prepare Britain for war, working with Henry Tizard in the1930s on the Committee for the Scientific Survey of Air Defence, which led to the installation of radar stations, and later developing the science of operational research, which helped defeat the U-boat menace. Although not a pacifist, he was strongly opposed both to nuclear weapons and to indiscriminate bombing, on grounds of morality and efficacy. Blackett would go on to advise Harold Wilson in Britain and Jawarharlal Nehru in India on defence and science policy. Throughout his life, Blackett would keep the commanding presence and habits of a naval officer, which helped him apply his influence.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Boy Blackettp. 1
The Selborne Scheme: The Education of the Boyp. 15
One of Fisher's Revolutions: The Education of the Navyp. 38
Blackett at Seap. 55
The Midshipman and the Secret Gadgetp. 72
Blackett at Cambridgep. 97
Preparations for Warp. 110
Blackett and the Black Artsp. 126
A Clash of Cultures: The Case for Large Convoysp. 138
The Case against Area Bombingp. 167
The Father of Operational Researchp. 187
Blackett and Nuclear Strategyp. 201
Blackett in India: Thinking Strategically about New Conflictsp. 217
A Physicist in the Corridors of Powerp. 269
The Scientific Context of Blackett's Achievementsp. 294
The Reluctant Peer in Politicsp. 305
Notes on Contributorsp. 317
Indexp. 322
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