Science: Ultra-Nucleonics

To really advanced physicists, nuclear fission is old, dull stuff. What excites them now is "ultra-nucleonics," study of "the elementary particles within the atom which are capable of releasing thousands of times as much energy as is produced by the nuclear fission on which the A-bomb is based." To these men, trained in the esoteric mysteries of quantum mechanics, all matter is merely condensed energy. It is formed by the interaction of waves, and to waves it can return. What a triumph it would be, they speculate, to turn matter all at once into waves of energy.

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