Science: No Explanation Needed

When it comes to talking about the end of the world, a soldier has as much right to his say as a scientist has. Before the Senate Atomic Energy Committee. Major General Leslie Groves, military father of the atomic bomb, was asked about that interesting possibility: a too-successful chain-reaction explosion that might destroy the world (TIME, Dec. 3). Said the General: "If it happens, it will all be over—and we won't have to explain that one."

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