Atomic Energy


    FROM scientific workers, at least, there will be a warm welcome for the blend of caution and idealism which constitutes the statement on atomic energy issued in London and Washington by President Truman, Mr. Attlee and Mr. Mackenzie King on November 15 as a result of their conversations (see p. 615). Essentially, the statement embodies the conclusions reached by scientific opinion, both among those who have been directly associated with the development of atomic energy and more generally. Most of the ideas that have been put forward for the control of the atomic weapon are included in the terms of reference of the Atomic Energy Commission now to be set up under the United Nations, and in the final article of the statement there is to be sensed something of the urgency and of the overwhelming need for establishing new international machinery or organization, competent to deal with an unprecedented situation which has made some surrender of national sovereignty inescapable if mankind is to avoid disaster.

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    Atomic Energy. Nature 156, 609–610 (1945).

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