Atomic Energy and its Utilization


    NO one who has followed the trend of scientific opinion since the end of the War in Europe can mistake the growing emphasis which men of science in every country where the Press is free are placing on the restoration of full freedom of scientific intercourse, and the earliest and fullest possible relaxation of the secrecy imposed by the exigencies of war-time. Earliest in point of time, though not in publication, the Barlow Committee came out so far back as 1943 with strong recommendations regarding the fullest possible removal of secrecy restrictions, and the encouragement of publication and of discussion between scientific workers in different fields, within and without the Government service, above all in fundamental research. No feature of the Government's proposal for a scientific civil service is more welcome than the statement that these recommendations for relaxing secrecy are viewed sympathetically, and that scientific workers in the service of the Government will be encouraged to publish work of their own and to discuss their work with persons outside the service engaged on similar problems.

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    Atomic Energy and its Utilization. Nature 156, 547–551 (1945).

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