ATOMIC AGE: The First Hope

Last week brought a gleam in the darkness, a first soft glow in the terrifying gloom which seven months before, after the blinding flash over Hiroshima, had engulfed the world. Perhaps there was a workable and reasonable way of saving the world from the atom.

This hope, springing from a new proposal, did not reach the majority of mankind. But it reached a certain handful of experts (including scientists and soldiers and diplomats) precisely because they had been aware of great defects in all previous proposals.

The new suggestion was not the bright...

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