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Quotes of the Day for 16 July 2000 – Atomic Bomb

On this day in 1945, in a place the Spaniards called Journada del Muerto, the Journey of Death, the first atomic bomb test revealed a level of power that mankind had never before controlled. Let us hope that it is, in fact, under control.

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The quotes:

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
     - Martin Luther King, Jr

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
     - Anne O'Hare McCormick

The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformations of these atoms is talking moonshine.
     - Ernest Rutherford

Science has always promised two things not necessarily related - an increase first in our powers, second in our happiness and wisdom; and we have come to realize that it is the first and less important of the two promises which it has kept most abundantly.
     - Joseph Wood Krutch


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