In Memory of August 6, 1945, and of Joseph Rotblat
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Today is the 65th anniversary ofour bombing of Japan at Hiroshima.I intended to submit a pictorial article withminimal text, but it was simply too angry.if any issue confronting us requires objectivity, understanding and asense of our brotherhood, it is nuclear disarmament.
Then, I remembered whereto find a few hundred words I’d read which are much more appropriate than thepictures.
The words were written bythe great British mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson, and may be found in hisbook The Scientist as Rebel (a New York Review book, copyright 2006 by NYREV,Inc), at the end of Chapter 12. The words are about another physicist, one who likeDyson worked at Los Alamos on the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshimaand Nagasaki.his name was Joseph Rotblat.
Freeman Dyson in 2005, by Wikipedia
Freeman Dyson writes:
“In October of 1995, I wasgiving a lunchtime lecture to a crowd of students at George Washington University about thehistory of nuclear weapons.I told themabout the meeting that had been held in a nearby building on their campus inJanuary 1939.I told them how thescientists at the meeting missed the opportunity that was fleetingly placed intheir hands, to forestall the development of nuclear weapons and to change thecourse of history.I talked about thenuclear projects that grew during World War II, massive and in deadly earnestin America, small andhalfhearted in Germany,serious but late-starting in Russia.I described the atmosphere of furious effortand intense camaraderie that existed in wartime Los Alamos,with the British and American scientists so deeply engaged in the race toproduce a bomb that they did not think of stopping when the opposing Germanteam dropped out of the race.I toldhow, when it became clear in 1944 that there would be no German bomb, only oneman, of all the scientists at Los Alamos, stopped.That man was Joseph Rotblat.I told how Rotblat left Los Alamos and becamethe leader of the Pugwash Movement, working indefatigably to unite scientistsin all countries to undo the evils to which Los Alamosgave rise.I remarked how shameful itwas that the Nobel Peace Prize, which had been awarded to so many lessdeserving people, has never been awarded to Rotblat.at that moment, one of the students in theaudience shouted, ‘Didn’t you hear?Hewon it this morning.’ I shouted, ‘Hooray,’ and the whole auditorium erupted inwild cheering.in my head the cheers ofthe students are still resounding.”
Joseph Rotblat’s ID Badge at Los Alamos, in 1944, by Wikipedia
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