AUTHORBridger, Sarah
CHAPTER TITLEThe Moral Case for a Test Ban
PAGE NUMBERS30-62
BOOK EDITORBridger, Sarah, Ed.
BOOK TITLEScientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research
PUBLISHERHarvard University Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED2015
ISBN978-0-674-73682-5


This chapter focuses on the contributions of scientists to the nuclear arms control negotiations during the U.S. President John F. Kennedy administration. The author draws on official documents to describe the moral and technical concerns that contributed to the administration's deliberations. Scientists on the President’s Science Advisory Committee used their influence to promote the passage of the nuclear test ban by the U.S. Senate in 1963. The narrative contrasts the positions of physicist Edward Teller, who led the opposition to a ban on testing nuclear weapons, with that of Jerome Wiesner, the president’s special assistant for science and technology, who advocated nuclear arms control including a test ban.


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