Story Of The Atom Bomb

Brighter Than A Thousand Suns, by Robert Jungk (Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1958, 360 pp., $5), is reviewed by Eugene L. Madeira, Professor of History, Interamerican Biblical Seminary, Medellin, Colombia, South America.

For the Christian reader of this book, there are three outstanding impressions which can easily be overlooked in dealing with the story of the atom bomb. They are: (1) the intensely human elements in the story of the lives of the men whose research, findings, and failures have led to the introduction of our world to the Atomic Age, (2) the moral stature and great trials of the atomic physicists both within and without Germany during (and before) World War II, and (3) the overwhelming evidence of the hand of God in the lives of men and nations in the development of the atom bomb; or God’s direction that the free nations should develop it before other states.

For the average layman and pastor, atomic science may appear to be a world so remote and complicated that it makes intelligent conversation on the subject difficult, if not impossible. For those to whom this statement may apply, atomic scientists may appear as men who are otherworldly, semigods, men whose intelligence and dedication to science make them appear as above humanity. With this may go the feeling that they are impersonal, or even amoral, devoted only to science and not to God.

However, this book should dispel such thoughts, for it vividly and excitingly portrays the human (and not the scientific) side of the story behind the development of the atom bomb. We find that atomic scientists are men with joys and weaknesses, men who suffer temptations and failures, and who, with moral conscience, moral stamina, and great perseverance, ...

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