George Sutherland and the Atomic Bomb

This is a going far off the beaten track, but I was fascinated by this passage from a speech Justice Sutherland gave in 1924:

“I sometimes am a little fearful–and I am saying this more or less seriously–at the progress of invention and discovery:  the deadly gases, atomic energy, whatever that is–something hidden in matter, something that we actually perceive in the force of radium, but which is stored, as I understand, in all matter.  And some day, perhaps within the next forty years, some learned scientist will discover how to release it and blow us all into eternity.”

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2 Responses

  1. Bruce Boyden says:

    That’s a pretty good prediction!

  2. Joe says:

    That’s good, but I wouldn’t be surprised if other educated sorts who knew the basics of the science were aware of the possibilities.