Scientists Against Time

The Role of Scientists in World War II

by H. A. Feiveson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/12/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781480854789
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781480854796
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781480854802

About the Book

In early 1942, the fate of the Allies appeared dire.

Germany had conquered most of Western Europe, and its armies were deep into Russia. Japan had overrun Manchuria, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies, had conquered large swathes of China, and had destroyed much of the US battle fleet at Pearl Harbor. But the tide of World War II turned dramatically in favor of the Allies, and in this, Allied scientists played a critical role.

The chapters covered in this book include an Overview summary of the entire war, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic against the German U-boats, the battle for command of the air, the Allied breaking of the German Enigma cipher, D-Day and the Allied invasion of Europe, and the Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb.


Harold Feiveson is a deep student of history, a masterful story teller and one of the pioneers in the global cooperative effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. This book provides a new, integrated overview of the remarkable technical achievements by the U.S. and British scientists who helped turn the tide of World War II. Although the war seemed endless to the participants, the number of world-shaping developments that occurred during the six years after the world’s industrialized countries committed themselves to total war is both remarkable and terrifying. The final breakthrough, nuclear weapons, led to a post-war nuclear-arms race whose dangerous legacy of destructive potential we are still struggling with today. 

-Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs emeritus, Princeton University


An authoritative introduction to what Winston Churchill called the “wizard war.” Feiveson’s examination of the crucial role played by science and technology in World War II will appeal to both specialists and military history buffs.

-Colonel Paul L Miles, U.S. Army, (Retired), former lecturer in history, Princeton University.

About the Author

H.A. Feiveson, a Senior Research Scientist emeritus, who co-directed the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University for 30 years, draws upon the lessons he taught at several freshman seminars focusing on scientists in World War II.