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Old 03-05-2020, 05:35 AM
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Arrow Fusion Bombs Are Right, for the Arms Race - 1950

Fusion Bombs Are Right, for the Arms Race - Note: Originally published in March 1950
By: Scientific American News - 03-05-20

History takes note:

“Although fission can be controlled in an orderly way to produce useful power in a reactor, the fusion reaction offers no prospect at the present time of any use except in terms of an explosion. The decision to make the fusion bomb has been taken, and in the world of hotly nationalistic fear and jealousy that we now inhabit, one can suppose that it is the right decision—that is, for the arms race.” [The first fusion bomb was subsequently detonated on November 1, 1952, at Eniwetok Atoll.]

—Scientific American, March 1950

Note: More gems like this can be found at Scientific American’s first 175 years can be found on our shiny anniversary page.


Personal note: Even back in 1950 (Cold War Age) it was OK to use small yield nukes.
It seems nothing has changed.


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