SOMETHING INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL HAPPENS: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up.

Cole, K.C. Foreword by Murray Gell-Mann.

ISBN 10: 0151008221 / ISBN 13: 9780151008223
Published by New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. dj, 2009
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A very personal story drawn from letters, documents, and extensive interviews about the man whose irrepressible spirit would inspire so many. Frank was a physicist who worked on the atomic bomb like his more famous brother Robert, and they both had their careers destroyed by the Red Scare. Unlike Robert, who died a ruined man, he went on to create the Exploritorium in San Francisco - a place where something wonderful does indeed happen. SIGNED by the author, K. C. Cole on the title page. Foreword by Murray Gell-Mann. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. xiv, 396 pp. Very good in a near fine dust jacket (highlighting on a few pages towards the front). Bookseller Inventory # 58665

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Title: SOMETHING INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL HAPPENS: ...

Publisher: New York & Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. dj

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A biography of Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer. Covers his wealthy childhood, his career in physics, his work with his brother Robert on the Manhattan Project, the creation of a museum that revolutionized science education, and more.

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As a young man Frank Oppenheimer followed in his famous brother's footsteps growing up in a privileged Manhattan household, becoming a physicist, working on the atomic bomb. Tragically, Frank and Robert both had their careers destroyed by the Red Scare. But their paths diverged. While Robert died an almost ruined man, Frank came into his own, emerging from ten years of exile on a Colorado ranch to create not just a multimillion dollar institution but also a revolution that was felt all over the world. His Exploratorium was a "museum of human awareness" that combined art and science while it encouraged play, experimentation, and a sense of joy and wonder; its success inspired a transformation in museums around the globe. In many ways it was Frank's answer to the atom bomb. K.C. Cole a friend and colleague of Frank's for many years has drawn from letters, documents, and extensive interviews to write a very personal story of the man whose irrepressible spirit would inspire so many.


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Frank and Robert Oppenheimer, approximately 1915 Frank Oppenheimer with gyro, late 1950s

Frank in the empty Exploratorium, late 1960s Frank with pendulums, 1980s


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