Oral history interview with Edward Teller, 1980 December.


Teller, Edward, 1908-2003. Oral history interview with Edward Teller, 1980 December.

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).


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