A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 29, 1948

When TIME'S Education editor, Allan B. Ecker, and Researcher Ruth Brine faced atomic-physicist Robert Oppenheimer for the first time, they were understandably apprehensive. In preparation for the Oppenheimer cover story (TIME, Nov. 8) they had looked over enough morgue material on him to know that his agile mind would be impatient with journalism's question & answer methods. Sure enough, at the first interview's end he remarked: "You know, if you were physicists, I'd fire you. I'm the murderer and you are lousy detectives."

Knowing that the "murderer" often enjoys such a secure feeling during...

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