"Most did not know about this work. It was top secret. Among those who knew, not all understood, and among those who understood, not all had access to key decision-makers in Washington. Among those who knew, and understood, and who had access, I was the only one who stood up for it. Without that, it is certain the positive information would never have reached the President. I did something, and I'm glad I did it. I'm glad I did it because it contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. My only regret is that so many of my former friends who disagreed became bitter. I stood up to an unreasonable majority which wanted to stop the hydrogen bomb."
Dr. Edward Teller on his
role in the development of
the hydrogen bomb, Seattle Times interview, 1995.
"You who are scientists may have been told that you are in part responsible for the debacle (war) of today....but I assure you that it is not the scientists of the world who are responsible....What has come about has been caused solely by those who would use, and are using, the progress that you have made along lines of peace in an entirely different cause."
"As long as America and England insist on unconditional surrender our country has no alternative but to see it through in an all-out effort for the sake of survival and the honor of the homeland."
"I was against (use of the atomic bomb) on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon."
"To avert a vast, indefinite butchery, to bring the war to an end, to give peace to the world, to lay healing hands upon its tortured peoples by a manifestation of overwhelming power at the cost of a few explosions seemed, after all our toils and perils, a miracle of deliverance."
"A bright light filled the plane. The first shock wave hit us. We were eleven and a half slant miles from the atomic explosion, but the whole airplane cracked and crinkled from the blast. I yelled `flak!' thinking a heavy gun battery had found us."
"The enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is indeed incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives."
"It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful, they are found because it was possible to find them."
Physicist Niels Bohr.
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