Atomic Energy and Scientific Freedom


    SINCE the opinions on atomic energy expressed in the leading article beginning on p. 547 were written, several important pronouncements in this connexion have been made. In the past, statements have been published from many sources and some of these, especially those attributed to Mr. Truman, have not only misled the general public, but have also caused irritation to many men of science in general and those who have kept in touch with research in atomic physics, especially since 1934, in particular. M. Molotov's claim in his speech in Moscow, on November 6, that the Soviet Union will soon "have atomic energy and many other things" will come as no surprise to men of science. On the other hand, it will probably stimulate second thoughts in others (and there are many) who have been inspired to believe that while the so-called 'secrets' of the atomic bomb remain vested in Britain, the United States and Canada, the world is safe.

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    Atomic Energy and Scientific Freedom. Nature 156, 564 (1945).

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