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[FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. & J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER]
UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION. IN THE MATTER OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER. TRANSCRIPT OF HEARING BEFORE PERSONNEL SECURITY BOARD; TEXTS OF PRINCIPAL DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS OF PERSONNEL SECURITY BOARD GENERAL MANAGER COMMISSIONERS. WASHINGTON, D.C.: UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1954.
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[FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. & J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER]
UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION. IN THE MATTER OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER. TRANSCRIPT OF HEARING BEFORE PERSONNEL SECURITY BOARD; TEXTS OF PRINCIPAL DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS OF PERSONNEL SECURITY BOARD GENERAL MANAGER COMMISSIONERS. WASHINGTON, D.C.: UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1954.
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[FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. & J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER]
UNITED STATES ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION. IN THE MATTER OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER. TRANSCRIPT OF HEARING BEFORE PERSONNEL SECURITY BOARD; TEXTS OF PRINCIPAL DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS OF PERSONNEL SECURITY BOARD GENERAL MANAGER COMMISSIONERS. WASHINGTON, D.C.: UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1954.
Two volumes. 8vo. 991; 67 pp. Original printed wrappers; edges toned, lower cover of vol 1 with large closed tear. "Oppy" written in pencil to spine in Feynman's hand, heavy underlining and annotations in Feynman's hand to vol 2.
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FEYNMAN'S COPY OF THE OPPENHEIMER SECURITY HEARING TRANSCRIPTS, VOL 2 (TEXTS OF PRINCIPAL DOCUMENTS) HEAVILY UNDERLINED AND ANNOTATED BY HIM.

In 1954, the United States Atomic Energy Commission held security hearing proceedings to investigate J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the Los Alamos laboratory, where the atom bomb was developed as part of the Manhattan Project. Feynman joined the Manhattan Project while still a graduate student at Princeton, and worked with Oppenheimer, as well as with several of the people who gave statements during the hearing, including Enrico Fermi and Hans Bethe, who testified in support of Oppenheimer, and Edward Teller, who initially was opposed to the hearing, but who at the same time, had long-time grievances against Oppenheimer. Teller, when asked whether Oppenheimer should be granted a security clearance, said that it would be wiser not to do so. After the trial, Oppenheimer's clearance was revoked. Teller's testimony against him led to outrage in the scientific community, leading Teller to be ostracized.

Feynman's notations give us a fascinating insider's look at the hearing, with numerous sections marked as "Lies!", "Not true", and "I wonder."

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