Sunday, March 18, 2012

Destroyer of Worlds

"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

The bust of J. Robert Oppenheimer that sits prominently in the Physics-Astronomy Library of the University of California, Berkeley includes a biographical blurb on a plaque beneath the head:
The plaque makes no mention whatsoever of Oppenheimer's most (in)famous invention: the atomic bomb. How curious.

It's almost as if the University of California isn't proud of its role in inventing the atomic age and engineering the proliferation of the most dangerous weapons in the history of world. As if the school doesn't want to draw attention to the fact that two of its campuses are dedicated to designing the next generation of thermonuclear weapons.

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