March 2, 1997 |
In a lifetime spent elucidating nature's inner workings, physicist Hans A. Bethe has come to rely on a few maxims: Begin the day with a hot bath. Trust a slide rule over a supercomputer. Tackle only those riddles over which "one has an unfair advantage." At his zenith, there seemed to be few well-defined conundrums of the cosmos that Bethe couldn't master, from figuring out how the sun and stars generate energy to his central role in designing the first atomic bomb.
December 6, 2008
Salpeter obituary: The obituary of astrophysicist Edwin E. Salpeter in Monday's California section said that the "Salpeter-Bethe equation" showed how helium changes to carbon. In fact, that equation by Salpeter and Cornell colleague Hans Bethe describes bound states of a pair of interacting particles in quantum field theory.
October 6, 1985
Nearly half of Cornell University's science, engineering and computer science professors have decided not to take part in research on the Reagan Administration's "Star Wars" program. Valerie Thomas, spokesman for the activist November 11th Committee, said that among the 128 of 258 faculty members who pledged not to do the research are Hans Bethe, a Nobel Prize winner, and Carl Sagan, the astronomer.
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September 27, 1988
Thank you for Mueller's column, which raises questions about our past policy of deterrence. Two prominent physicists would seem to confirm Mueller's thesis that the fear of nuclear weapons does not fully explain the absence of a nuclear war over the past 40 years. Several years ago Hans Bethe and Kurt Gottfried pointed out that for two decades we were immune to a Soviet nuclear attack. But that vulnerability did not deter the Soviets from blockading Berlin, absorbing Czechoslovakia and crushing the revolt in Hungary.
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January 3, 2006 |
John L. Magee, 91, a chemist who participated in the Manhattan Project that developed the atom bomb during World War II, died Dec. 16 at an assisted-living facility in Moraga, Calif. Magee worked alongside J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi and Hans Bethe on one of the most celebrated and controversial projects in the history of science. But after the Germans surrendered, Magee was among project members who opposed using the bomb against Japan.