DISARMAMENT: Spirit of Geneva, 1958

For the 40-odd scientists of East and West meeting in Geneva, the outside chill of events rarely interrupted their scholarly labors. Iraq erupted, British and U.S. troops landed, Khrushchev cried that war was about to break out. But in Council Chamber No. 7 at the old League of Nations Palace, Russian and Western negotiators each day made their inch of progress toward agreeing on an international plan for detecting atomic tests. Last week, despite uncommunicative two-line communiques, final agreement was reportedly all but reached.

The Communists had first threatened to boycott the...

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