THE ATOMIC AGE: The Winter Book

Just before the atomic bomb was first tested in New Mexico, a distinguished scientist offered an uncollectible bet: ten-to-one that the bomb would set off a chain reaction in the atmosphere. His colleagues were pretty sure that the planet would not go up in that particular explosion. But many scientists think that some future bomb, or series of bombs, may well have the power to end the world.


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