Essay: Looking Straight at the Bomb

By convention there is color, by convention sweetness, by convention bitterness, but in reality there are atoms and space. —Democritus

Heedless of Zeus, Prometheus gave the secret of fire to mortals, and was punished by being bound to a cliff in the wastes of Scythia. There an eagle fed on his liver, which, once consumed, grew back, only to be devoured again. A harsh response, considering that Prometheus only sought to give man a little mastery over nature. But Zeus was notorious for overreacting. Who knows what punishment he would have devised for...

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