Atoms, Bombs and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son by Claudio G. Segrè

By Claudio G. Segrè

“There are few books that discover the complicated kinfolk among recognized mom and dad and their little ones. I knew Claudio and his Nobel-laureate father, Emilio Segrè; during this sincere, offended, loving memoir I pay attention their voices back, talking around the gulf that each one households fight to bridge.” — Richard Rhodes, writer of darkish sunlight: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

“This is a hot and openhearted booklet. Claudio Segrè indicates that each one the normal tensions among fathers and sons can nonetheless exist even within the notable milieu he grew up in. He conjures up that have with grace and an excellent eye for the telling details.” — Adam Hochschild, writer of part the way in which Home

“It’s a superb booklet, a coming-of-age tale within the atomic period, the fight of a son for the affection and appreciate of a well-known father. it's also a perceptive perception into the pursuit of technology, the cost of status, and the way households bridge adjustments among generations and cultures to discover age-old connections, and eventually love and understanding.” — James Kunetka, writer of urban of fireplace: Los Alamos and the Atomic Age and Oppenheimer: The Years of Risk

“The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Emilio Segrè gave an account of his personal existence within the posthumously released A brain constantly in movement. within the current booklet Segrè’s simply son (now himself deceased) offers an account of his transforming into up with any such father. The event as he describes it used to be no longer a simple one. Transported in infancy from Italy to the U.S., Claudio used to be required to barter his approach among his family’s continual conviction of eu cultural superiority and the chance of being perceived as ‘not certainly one of us’ by means of his new compatriots. Admiring his father, he was once aware of himself as ‘Son of Superman,’ however feeling eclipsed via and relishing the placement. Academically he was once beset through a ‘joyless wish to in attaining’ and basically seldom won the compliment or sympathy he longed for from his exacting and sometimes sarcastic father. yet he chanced on the delights of scorching canine, comedian hooks, and baseball and solid forward on his personal through identifying the seemingly ‘Red’ Reed collage over his family’s hottest Berkeley. After commencement, looking for paintings to which he may ‘be as devoted... as my father used to be to physics,’ he spent a few years as a journalist prior to eventually creating a creditable educational profession as a historian, alongside the best way setting up an it appears passable kinfolk lifetime of his personal. The ebook ends with an account of his kin along with his father as an grownup, together with a disappointing try at a healing confrontation.” — Katherine Livingston, Science

“How does a son emerge from his father’s shadow whilst it's the measurement of a mushroom cloud? Such used to be the plight of Claudio G. Segrè, whose father, Emilio, gained the Nobel Prize... and helped to create the atomic bomb... [He] recounts his lifelong quest to set up an self sufficient id. He additionally tells of his desire that his personal good fortune could earn him the honor and popularity of his tough father... Segrè alternately describes his father as Superman, a robust king and a basilisk, a legendary reptile whose very glance is deadly. however, his father emerges as a very good, being concerned guy, uncertain tips to deal with the celebrity that separates him from his son. it truly is tragic, for this reason, that no real reconciliation happens, and that Segrè’s merely second of catharsis happens whilst it's already too late... whilst he grants his father’s eulogy.” — Douglas A. Sylva, the recent York Times

“In this heartfelt counterpart to his father’s... autobiography, A brain continually in movement, journalist and professor [Claudio] Segrè... makes an attempt to shed a few thawing mild at the chilly peace among father and son that lasted till Emilio Segrè’s demise in 1989, regardless of the affectionate nose-rubbings of the title.” — Publishers Weekly

"Often poignant... a considerate account of existence with a father who came upon [physics] a long way more uncomplicated to appreciate than the emotional lifetime of his son." — Kirkus Reviews

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