AUTHORSmith, Alice Kimball
TITLELos Alamos: Focus of an Age
PERIODICAL TITLEBulletin of the Atomic Scientists
DATE PUBLISHED1970
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBERJune
PAGE NUMBERS15-20
ISSN0096-3402


This article presents a somewhat nostalgic view of what made living at Los Alamos during World War II a special time in the lives of those involved in building the first atomic bombs. The author mentions the beauty of the area and the chance for scientists to have unlimited funding. It describes the opportunity for scientists to live in a community that included many great scientists and the permanent friendships that developed. She spends a considerable portion of the article discussing the scientists’ later efforts for a nuclear test ban and disarmament, hinting that those activities may be a sign of feelings of guilt. The author speaks not only as a historian, but also from experience, having lived at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.


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