The earth is only an atom whirling in the universe-of what importance is that bridge to the solar system?
The giants of the intellect, whom you admire so much, once taught you that the earth was flat and that the atom was the smallest particle of matter.
You’re the fellow who catches atoms or something.
An atom is itself, and so is the universe; neither can contradict its own identity; nor can a part contradict the whole.
Man perceives a blob of color; by integrating the evidence of his sight and his touch, he learns to identity it as a solid object: he learns to identify the object as a table; he learns that the table is made of wood; he learns that the wood consists of cells, that the cells consist of molecules, that the molecules consist of atoms.
Granting man less dignity than they grant to cattle, ignoring what an animal trainer could tell them-that no animal can be trained by fear, that a tortured elephant will trample its torturer, but will not work for him or carry his burdens —they expect man to continue to produce electronic tubes, supersonic airplanes, atom-smashing engines and interstellar telescopes, with his ration of meat for reward and a lash on his back for incentive.
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The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
By 1942, however, we knew that the Germans were working feverishly to find a way to add atomic energy to all the other engines of war with which they hoped to enslave the world.