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Strange Parallels: Alternative Histories In Physics And Culture

Enlarge this image Getty Images/iStockphoto Certain pivotal events in history seem to open up a schism in time, separating what really happened from countless other “what ifs.” World War II, with its succession of controversial decisions, included many such pivotal moments, culminating in President Truman’s order to launch atomic bombs on Japan. Physicists were sharply divided about that choice: Some such as Albert Einstein regretted the bomb’s development — given that the Germans, as it turned out, had made little progress — and others, such as John Wheeler, one of…

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