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Comments on the History of the H-Bomb

By Bethe, Hans A.

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Title: Comments on the History of the H-Bomb  
Author: Bethe, Hans A.
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
Collections: Government Library Collection
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Publisher: Government Printing Office

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Bethe, H. A. (n.d.). Comments on the History of the H-Bomb. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Excerpt: Back in 1954 I wrote an article on the history of the Hbomb, stimulated by a book by Shepley and Blair which gave an entirely distorted view of that history. It took until recently to have that article declassified. I had intended to put this article into the Laboratory’s archives and not to publish it, in order not to stir up old controversies. However, now there has appeared the very popular book by Peter Goodchild, J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds. While this book is excellent in most respects, it gives among others a very wrong impression of the development of the H-bomb. Therefore, I am now publishing this article, and I have added a few remarks specifically correcting some of the mistakes in Goodchild’s book. What follows is a (slightly edited) version of the 1954 article, which was written in some anger about certain events of 1953-54.

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