Science: Energy of the Pampas

To the world's scientists, Argentina's new method of producing atomic energy was still "the baloney bomb." More than two weeks after Perón's triumphant announcement, no proof of real accomplishment had yet appeared. The few vague details made public were unconvincing, and Dr. Ronald Richter, just decorated by Perón for his "discovery," was unconvincing, too.

Nuclear physics is a small, tight world, but few U.S. physicists have even heard of Richter, though he is 42 years old and by his own account has been working in physics for 15 years. According to reports from...

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