"You Do What Your Country Wants Done."

TO William Elwood Ogle, 44, scientific director of the U.S. atomic tests to be held in the Pacific, a nuclear bomb is a marvelous device. "There's hardly anything more technically fascinating to contemplate than a bomb," he says. "It's a little universe unto itself, one in which we don't know the detailed physical laws which govern it." When he waited on a dark New Mexico mountainside to watch the world's first atomic bomb explode 17 years ago, Ogle was elated. "It was the biggest dawn we'd ever seen,"...

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