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.
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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