When you see something that is technically sweet you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass and beyond there is a different country.
In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity no humor no overstatement can quite extinguish the physicists have known sin and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.
I am become death the destroyer of worlds.
Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery surrounded by it.