THE ATOM: Case Concluded

A fortnight ago, five men met in the office of Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss to express their opinions on an explosive personnel matter. Strauss spoke first, and then each of the other four commissioners had his say. At the end their decision was clear: they stood 4-1 for a vote of no confidence in Atomic Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

For nearly a week after that basic decision was made, the commissioners worked long and hard preparing their statements on the case. Finally last week, they issued a series of opinions that followed three main lines of reasoning:

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