Science: Spreading the Know-How

The forbidden "City of the Atomic Bomb" (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) looked the same last week as it had 14 months ago when its product smashed Hiroshima. Its slapdash houses were better painted, its hillbilly help more sophisticated. But MPs still patrolled its "perimeter." Scientists still bit their tongues in midsentence, lest a secret pop out, and the gigantic, hidden plants still ground out U-235. The chief business was still atomic war.

Last week more than 100 atomic scientists gathered at Oak Ridge to confer not about bigger, more frightful bombs, but about the peaceful...

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