Science: Lost Momentum

Back in 1953, President Eisenhower appeared before the Eighth U.N. General Assembly and stirred the imagination of the world with his Atoms-for-Peace proposal. His specific recommendation: an International Atomic Energy Agency that would distribute nuclear fuels, see to it that the material was used for peaceful purposes, ensure that "the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death but consecrated to his life."

The original design was to make the benefits of the atom available through an international agency that could remove the curse of political commitment from the recipients and the charge of sinister intent from the donor....

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