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 ...Read MoreIn 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.Read Less
New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 330 p. Contains: Illustrations, index. Audience: General/trade. The biography of Alfred Lee Loomis, an amateur scientist who worked from a laboratory in Tower House, his Tuxedo Park, New York home. He was a friend and peer of many of the greatest scientists of his time. Without Loomis's influence, it is questionable that the Allies could have won WWII.
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.
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