DIRECTORWeiss, Helen / Jehlen, Aldin
TITLEThe Genius Behind the Bomb
DISTRIBUTORWGBH Boston
ISBNn/a
DATE PUBLISHED1992
RUNNING TIME60 minutes


This excellent cinematic biography of Leo Szilard appeared as a NOVA program on September 29, 1992. The film provides insights into the mind of that creative physicist, who was concerned with the fate of mankind. It shows his early work with Albert Einstein, his conception that a nuclear chain reaction might be used to produce weapons, and his involvement with the project of the United States to build the first atom bombs. Szilard's relationship with fellow Hungarian Edward Teller provides an interesting contrast between the two scientists' views on the use of nuclear weapons. The film highlights the interesting personality of the famous scientist among his peers.



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