1. What happened when the FBI searched Harry Gold’s room in the Prologue to Bomb?
The FBI agents found some items, including a map of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a spot by the Castillo Street Bridge marked with an X. Gold later realized he could have explained away the map but at the moment he slumped down and offered to tell his full story.
2. How are Robert Oppenheimer’s childhood and education described in “Skinny Superhero”?
From an early age, Oppenheimer was very interested in learning. He didn't fit in with other boys of his age and he spent a lot of time with science as a way of making up for the lack of childhood friends. He earned a degree from Harvard followed by advanced degrees in Britain and Germany.
3. How is Robert Oppenheimer characterized as a professor in “Skinny Superhero”?
When a student came to Oppenheimer with a problem, he would spend hours in explanation. When he sat in on lectures by other professors, he would verbally call them out if he felt the information was too basic. He was obviously brilliant but his students felt that he was “sort of nuts.”
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