For thirteen years, since his resignation from the chairmanship of the Atomic Energy Commission, Mr. Lilienthal has kept silent on the atom, turning his energies and talents to the field of international development. Now the first chairman of the AEC speaks out on the vital question of disarmament, on the role of the atom in modern life, and on the AEC itself. His views are controversial, and will not be popular in many quarters. Mr. Lilienthal thinks that the present disarmament negotiations are premature and dangerous, that our view of the place of the atom in the modern world has been mainly wrong, and that the functions of the AEC should be largely absorbed into other government and private activities.
Originally published in 1963.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- AUTHOR'S NOTE, pg. vii
- CONTENTS, pg. ix
- A PERSONAL FOREWORD, pg. 1
- I. THE IMPERATIVES OF CHANGE, pg. 9
- II. THE SOLUTION FALLACY, pg. 13
- III. ATOMIC BLIND ALLEYS, pg. 27
- IV. THE MYTHOLOGY OF NUCLEAR, pg. 42
- V. WHAT THE ATOM IS DOING TO SCIENCE, pg. 59
- VI. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PEACEFUL ATOM?, pg. 92
- VII. ATOMIC ANACHRONISMS, pg. 114
- VIII. CHANGE AND HOPE, pg. 140