Science: The AEC and Secrecy

In the early 1940s, when work on the first atomic bomb was still a closely guarded secret, the late author Cleve Cartmill wrote a short story for Astounding Science Fiction describing in uncannily correct detail how such a weapon might be made and used. U.S. security officials, appalled at the story's resemblance to reality, at first threatened to impound and classify all copies of the magazine. Then, realizing that banning the issue would draw even more attention to the bomb story, they nervously allowed the magazine to go on the newsstands.

A theoretical physicist in California named Vincent LoDato, 32, does...

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