THE ATOM: The Biological Species

To Britain's philosophizing Bertrand Russell, after one of his end-of-the-world radio speeches about nuclear warfare last winter, came a glowing fan letter from French Physicist Jean Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Recalls Russell: "I was particularly appreciative of getting a letter from him because of the fact that he is a noted Communist. One of my principal purposes was ... to unite men of science." An idea popped into Russell's head: Why should not the leading scientists of East and West join in a statement that would warn the world about the disastrous consequences of...

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