THE AMERICAS: Perón's Atom

Perón's Atom

Juan Perón called his newsmen in last week for a very special announcement. With elaborate ostentation, members of the foreign press corps were barred. What he had to say, Perón explained, was only for his own people. His news: Argentine scientists, using only relatively cheap Argentine materials, had on Feb. 16 produced "controlled liberation of atomic energy," i.e., an atomic explosion.

"The new Argentina," explained Perón, had decided that it was not "worth the trouble to copy nuclear fission." Instead, "contrary to what was done in foreign experiments, Argentine technicians worked on the basis of thermonuclear reactions, which are...

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