Science: Crashing the N Club

From Western intelligence reports last week came warnings that Red China will soon explode a nuclear device at a test site in her desert interior. By some estimates the first Chinese blast will quiver the world's microbarographs in about six months; others give 18 months as a more likely figure. But no one doubts that Red China will crash the nuclear club (U.S., Russia, Britain, France) without much more delay. Said one U.S. physicist: "I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet." A British physicist puts it more broadly: "Everybody knows how to make bombs, even...

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