THE ATOM: Biggest Show on Earth?

"I had a feeling I might be looking into eternity," recalled a witness to an atomic-explosion test in 1952. "Space is annihilated; time is measured in millionths of seconds; temperatures approach those at the center of the sun. There is an empty feeling in the pit of the stomach when out of the stillness a great ball of light plunges into vision . . . a rush of heat, like the opening of a furnace door." The witness was obsessed by the horror of the explosion he had seen, and as the months...

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