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Mark Oliphant’s adventures in atomic wonderland

Keeble, Kathryn 2010, Mark Oliphant’s adventures in atomic wonderland, Double dialogues, vol. 13, no. Summer 2010, pp. 1-11.

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Title Mark Oliphant’s adventures in atomic wonderland
Author(s) Keeble, Kathryn
Journal name Double dialogues
Volume number 13
Issue number Summer 2010
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Double Dialogues
Place of publication Canterbury, Vic.
Publication date 2010-12-15
ISSN 1447-9591
Summary Australian physicist Mark Oliphant came to hold two oppositional views, both pro and anti nuclear weapons research. This, together with the dimensions of his ‘larger than life’ personality, impacted on his scientific reputation in the fall-out of Australia’s ‘McCarthyism’. Despite his bullying the Americans into funding the A-Bomb project, the atomic juggernaut unleashed on the world caused Oliphant to rethink his role as a scientist. Oliphant clashed with American hegemony and the Menzies Government’s duplication of the ‘Reds under the Bed’ paranoia in Australia in the 1950s. His outspokenness on the danger of nuclear proliferation found him out of step with the changed political climate of the Cold War. Drawing on neglected archival material and using a Brechtian theatrical mode, my play Ion Man’s Adventures in Atomic Wonderland investigates the tragic dimensions of a man who never fully understood, as Thomas Kuhn explained (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions), that scientific research is determined as much by politics and ideology as by the desire to understand the world.
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
200525 Literary Theory
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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