Atomic Age: Manhattan District

Behind the blackout curtains, physicists got their work orders. A few, horrified by what was planned, refused the summons. But most went to work, knowing that discovery could not be stopped, that the U.S. and its scientific allies must make it first. Many hoped that they would fail and that their failure would prove forever irrevocable.

Last week the War Department told the story of their success. Professor H. D. Smyth, chairman of Princeton's physics department, who wrote the report, could not tell it all. But what he could tell, even in the prim...

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