Books: Bombs in Gilead?

THE CURVE OF BINDING ENERGY by JOHN MCPHEE 232 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


Practically on the day this chilling book reached the public, someone with religious or political convictions detonated four car bombs in Dublin and a town to the north, killing 28 people. The event gave special interest to Author McPhee's thesis, which is that right now one fairly skilled technician, using easily obtainable equipment and information, and easily stolen uranium 235 or plutonium 239, could make a nuclear fission bomb. The bomb certainly would be small enough to fit...

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