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Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
Oral history interview with Edward Teller, 1980 December.
Informal conversation for New York Times article. Discussion of secrecy in science and government. The decision to build the hydrogen bomb (Enrico Fermi, E. O. Lawrence, Luis Alvarez); the 1945 decision to drop bombs (J. Robert Oppenheimer, Fermi, A. H. Compton, Lawrence), and the alternatives. Discussion of Teller's attitude toward the Soviet Union, its military superiority; his opposition to military conflict. Quantum mechanics versus determinism; his most recent book. Briefly discusses his work on polyatomic molecules as most important contribution; black holes (Hans Bethe).
American physicist; assistant director, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1949-1952; associate director, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 1954-1975.
Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988-
Bethe, Hans A, (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005
Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962.
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958.
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967
Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
Atomic bomb
Black holes (Astronomy)
Hydrogen bomb.
Quantum theory.
Science -- Security measures.
Science and state -- Government policy.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings lcgft
Sullivan, Walter, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA