TIL that the identity politics of the Nazi Party led them to marginalizing Albert Einstein’s quantum physics as “Jewish Physics”, which prevented Nazi Germany from pursuing an effective nuclear weapons program.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Physik#Under_the_Third_Reich

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  1. That’s the thing about morons. They don’t realize that jewish physics is the same as nazi physics is the same as Antarctic physics. Science is science.

  2. first time I’ve heard about this. might have been a contributing factor – but the real reason germany did not manage to make nuclear weapons is much simpler.

    they determined that nuclear research was non-critical to winning the war (bad take) and relocated their best scientists to other projects. many of their best physicists were also drafted iirc

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