Atoms, Bombs and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son by Claudio G. Segrè

By Claudio G. Segrè

“There are few books that discover the advanced kinfolk among recognized mom and dad and their young children. I knew Claudio and his Nobel-laureate father, Emilio Segrè; during this sincere, indignant, loving memoir I pay attention their voices back, talking around the gulf that each one households fight to bridge.” — Richard Rhodes, writer of darkish solar: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

“This is a hot and openhearted booklet. Claudio Segrè indicates that each one the conventional tensions among fathers and sons can nonetheless exist even within the striking milieu he grew up in. He conjures up that have with grace and an outstanding eye for the telling details.” — Adam Hochschild, writer of part the way in which Home

“It’s an excellent e-book, a coming-of-age tale within the atomic period, the fight of a son for the affection and admire of a recognized father. it's also a perceptive perception into the pursuit of technological know-how, the cost of popularity, and the way households bridge transformations among generations and cultures to discover age-old connections, and finally love and understanding.” — James Kunetka, writer of urban of fireside: Los Alamos and the Atomic Age and Oppenheimer: The Years of Risk

“The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Emilio Segrè gave an account of his personal existence within the posthumously released A brain continuously in movement. within the current booklet Segrè’s in basic terms son (now himself deceased) offers an account of his starting to be up with the sort of father. The event as he describes it used to be now not a simple one. Transported in infancy from Italy to the U.S., Claudio was once required to barter his approach among his family’s chronic conviction of eu cultural superiority and the risk of being perceived as ‘not one among us’ through his new compatriots. Admiring his father, he was once aware of himself as ‘Son of Superman,’ however feeling eclipsed by means of and relishing the placement. Academically he was once beset by means of a ‘joyless wish to in achieving’ and simply seldom won the compliment or sympathy he longed for from his exacting and sometimes sarcastic father. yet he stumbled on the delights of scorching canine, comedian hooks, and baseball and cast forward on his personal through selecting the apparently ‘Red’ Reed university over his family’s most well liked Berkeley. After commencement, looking for paintings to which he may ‘be as devoted... as my father was once to physics,’ he spent a few years as a journalist ahead of finally creating a creditable educational profession as a historian, alongside the best way setting up an it seems that passable family members lifetime of his personal. The publication ends with an account of his relatives together with his father as an grownup, together with a disappointing try at a healing confrontation.” — Katherine Livingston, Science

“How does a son emerge from his father’s shadow while it's the measurement of a mushroom cloud? Such used to be the plight of Claudio G. Segrè, whose father, Emilio, received the Nobel Prize... and helped to create the atomic bomb... [He] recounts his lifelong quest to set up an self sufficient id. He additionally tells of his wish that his personal good fortune could earn him the distinction and popularity of his tricky father... Segrè alternately describes his father as Superman, a powerful king and a basilisk, a legendary reptile whose very glance is deadly. however, his father emerges as a great, being concerned guy, not sure find out how to deal with the celebrity that separates him from his son. it really is tragic, as a result, that no actual reconciliation happens, and that Segrè’s simply second of catharsis happens whilst it really is already too late... while he supplies his father’s eulogy.” — Douglas A. Sylva, the hot York Times

“In this heartfelt counterpart to his father’s... autobiography, A brain constantly in movement, journalist and professor [Claudio] Segrè... makes an attempt to shed a few thawing gentle at the chilly peace among father and son that lasted till Emilio Segrè’s demise in 1989, regardless of the affectionate nose-rubbings of the title.” — Publishers Weekly

"Often poignant... a considerate account of existence with a father who stumbled on [physics] a long way more uncomplicated to understand than the emotional lifetime of his son." — Kirkus Reviews

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