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J. Robert Oppenheimer
(1904-1967) born on
Apr 22
US physicist. The "Father of the Atom Bomb" headed Los Alamos, NM lab A-bomb team.
         
   
F
Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.

R
In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.
A
When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
N
This is a world in which each of us, knowing his limitations, knowing the evils of superficiality and the terrors of fatigue, will have to cling to what is close to him, to what he knows, to what he can do. . .
K
"I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds."
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Address at Columbia University 26 Dec 54
R: "Physics in the Contemporary World," lecture, 25 Nov. 1947, delivered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (published in Technology Review, no. 50, 1948). The remark became notorious when it was q
A: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: quoting a line from the Bhagavad Gita that came to his mind at the test of the first atom bomb, July 16, 1945, cited in N. P.
   


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