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Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein TLS re: The Bomb
Princeton NJ: , April 19, 1950, 1919. Einstein and the Bomb: "the moral, social and political implications inherent in the construction and use of a Hydrogen Bomb" 1p TLS signed by physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) as "A. Einstein" at lower left. Signed in Princeton, New Jersey on or soon after April 19, 1950. On "Didier, Publishers / 660 Madison Ave., New York" letterhead. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope with "The Institute for Advanced Study / School of Mathematics / Princeton, New Jersey" letterhead. The letter is lightly creased and folded, else near fine, 8.25" x 11.25". Company president J.D. Didier wrote Einstein expressing interest in reproducing a televised speech that the physicist had delivered against the use of the Hydrogen Bomb in a short book the firm was preparing on the same subject. On February 12, 1950, Einstein had appeared on Eleanor Roosevelt's television program, and warned that: "The armament race between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R., originally supposed to be a preventive measure, assumes hysterical character. On both sides, the means to mass destruction are perfected with feverish haste -- behind the respective walls of secrecy. The H-bomb appears on the public horizon as a probably attainable goal. If successful, radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of technical possibilities ..." The letter from Didier Publishers was addressed to Einstein, signed by him in Princeton, and mailed back to the publishing firm the following day. "The H-Bomb" was publis … [Click Below for Full Description]
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