Thursday, September 11, 2003

Edward Teller 1908-2003

We lost a great American on Tuesday. Being a staunch anti-Communist, Edward Teller was demonized relentlessly for half a century.

Here is a 5 page bio.

Of all of the stellar cast of physicist he worked with, he might well have been the most brilliant of them all. Because as the bio notes: "No one could have had a greater influence on me than Hitler, who made it entirely clear to me that one could not ignore politics, and very particularly one could not ignore the worst evils in politics." And he quotes a speech by FDR: ""I am a pacifist, and you my friends are pacifists, but I am telling you, if you are not going to work on the instruments of war, freedom will be lost everywhere." "

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