THE NATION: Chain Reactions

The U.S. man-in-the-street had heard, but did not yet believe, that some day a scientist somewhere—perhaps in the U.S. —might press a button that would set up an atomic chain reaction and blow up the world (see SCIENCE). He took the news, as he took all news that did not affect his own immediate, personal wellbeing, in stride. It was too big for headlines, too big for him to comprehend. Anyhow, somebody would see to it that it did not happen.

The U.S. citizen also learned last week that a man in Detroit had...

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