The true moral path isn’t always obvious. Frankly, by the time Bohr got to the allies things had already gone way down the road to the bomb as the pile in the squash court had already proven the chain reaction, X23 was running at Oak Ridge enriching uranium and Hanford was under construction. As for Climategate, the impact seem to have been muted by the ongoing antics of the climate team in the six years since.
In September 1941 during WWII, two men met in Copenhagen ostensibly for a scientific symposium, but outside of it in the evenings and in a social context, they informally discussed the theoretical possibility of making a whole new type of bomb. They were the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Bohr was a Dane, whose country had already been occupied by the Germans, which Heisenberg was.
A young Heisenberg had been at one time Bohr’s star pupil and they still had a strong relationship. In the relatively new field of what was to be called nuclear physics, they were pioneering giants. They were both geniuses, in the original but now devalued sense of the word, rather than the more modern one applied to those gifted individuals who can do things like drop their trousers on stage and raise a nervous titter from the audience.
Bohr, even though still living in occupied Denmark, was discreetly working…
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