Science: Monster Conference

Tourists in Geneva hotels began getting get-out notices more than three weeks ago (exception: the Emir of oil-drenched Qatar and his white-draped retinue), and a flood of nontourists saturated the town. The Second United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (full title) which started last week, is probably the biggest scientific confab ever. Besides the 5,000 scientists from 67 countries, and 900 accredited correspondents, came uncounted thousands of atomic businessmen, many with wives or camp followers. Geneva has 6,500 hotel beds, but it was so jammed that some of...

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