Eigen's Political and Historical Quotations
|Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future .... This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs .... A single bomb of this type, carried by boat or exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory.||Albert Einstein|
Leo Szilard was a Hungarian-German-American physicist and inventor. He conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea of a nuclear reactor with Enrico Fermi in 1934, and in late 1939 wrote the letter for Albert Einstein's signature that resulted in the Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb.