In a glamorous enclave called Tuxedo Park, just north of New York City, a handsome, immensely wealthy Wall Street tycoon gathered the world's scientific geniuses and changed the course of history. Now Conant brilliantly captures the social scene and cutting-edge science that made Tuxedo Park the world's most important scientific playground. of ...
In a glamorous enclave called Tuxedo Park, just north of New York City, a handsome, immensely wealthy Wall Street tycoon gathered the world's scientific geniuses and changed the course of history. Now Conant brilliantly captures the social scene and cutting-edge science that made Tuxedo Park the world's most important scientific playground. of photos.
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But one exceptional individual can make an enormous difference in the progress of science and technology, even when opposed by powerful interests intent in safeguarding their parochial turf.. Admiral King and the Paukenschlag operation come immediately to mind as does Hedy Lamar and the torpedo.. The story of Alfred Loomis has been buried for many years. It is well worth reading. We need more such men and can be grateful for those who write their stories. which, in this case, is as much about radar as it is about the atomic bomb.
Jul 29, 2012
Alfred Loomis in Tuxedo Park
As a person who lived through the Second World War, and as a scientist, I found this well-written book very interesting. The American inventor Alfred Loomis played an important role in the development of radar. I can also recommend another book by Jennet Conant, 109 East Palace, Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos.
Jan 10, 2008
Tuxedo Park is well worth reading
A fine peek through the gates into the guilded age of the late 1800s, and up to the atomic bomb in WW II. The author's unique perspective of heritage is not very distracting, and the overall picture is both amazing and enlightening. A worthy addition to my understanding ot that monumental era.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-15 Alfred Lee Loomis (1887-1975) made his fortune in the 1920s by investing in public utilities, but science was his first love. In 1928, he established a premier research facility in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., that attracted such brilliant minds as Einstein, Bohr and Fermi and became instrumental in the Allies' WWII victory. Conant, a magazine writer, draws on studies, family papers and interviews with Loomis's friends, family and colleagues (she's a relative of two scientists who worked with Loomis) to trace the story of the tycoon's professional and social life (the latter fairly racy). At the Tuxedo Park lab, Loomis attracted top-flight scientists who experimented with sound, time measurement and brain waves. During WWII, he established a laboratory at MIT (the "rad lab") where radar was developed. He also served as a conduit between civilian scientists and Roosevelt's military establishment. Although he lost some of his top people to the Manhattan Project, the "rad lab" was a major contributor to the allies' defense. In his well-publicized personal life, Loomis angered family members by trying to have his emotionally unstable wife institutionalized while he pursued an affair with another woman. Through Conant's spare, unobtrusive prose and well-paced storytelling, Loomis emerges as a contradictory man who craved scientific accomplishment and influence, but rarely took credit for himself. Those interested in science or WWII history will appreciate this well-researched bio. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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