ATOMIC AGE: The Tranquil Admiral

Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.) saw the Roman Empire begin to crumble about him in war, invasion, pestilence and revolution. A great Stoic, he wrote: "Soon, very soon, thou wilt be ashes, or a skeleton, and either a name or not even a name . . . Why then dost thou not wait in tranquillity for thy end?" The U.S. Navy, contemplating the atomic age, last week achieved a comparable attitude.

Speaking to American architects in Houston, Tex., Rear Admiral William S. Parsons, Navy director of atomic defense, tore into the argument...

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