War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Weapon of Choice, The; Interview with Philip Morrison, 1986 
Part of War and Peace in the Nuclear Age.
Philip Morrison is a physicist who joined the Manhattan Project in 1942, and went on to advocate nuclear nonproliferation. Asked why he left Los Alamos after returning from Japan after the war, he responds: One nuclear war was enough. He recalls that the 1949 Soviet test confirmed the view of many scientists that in the absence of an international agreement an arms race will ensue. He charges that espionage had little to do with the Soviet success, and that it had real meaning only in the political sphere, allowing for contrived justification[s] for moving ahead with advances in nuclear weaponry although he believes the hydrogen bomb was under development before the exposure of the first spy cases.
- War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
- Weapon of Choice, The
- Program Number
Interview with Philip Morrison, 1986 
- Series Description
The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.
In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989
- Program Description
The United States and the Soviet Union, former allies, become adversaries in a “Cold War,” and nuclear weapons become the weapon of choice for both sides.
From 1947 to 1953 the threat to use nuclear weapons became the principal currency of conflict. During the Korean War, Texas Congressman J. Frank Wilson said, “We are dealing with mad dogs ... we must treat them accordingly. I urge the atomic bomb be used if it can be used efficiently.” Against this background, President Harry Truman made crucial decisions that affected the history of the Nuclear Age. The United states deployed the B-36, a huge intercontinental bomber. It started mass production of atomic bombs. In 1952, the US exploded the first hydrogen bomb, a quantum leap in destructive force. Less than a year later, the Soviet Union exploded its own hydrogen bomb.
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- World War II
- McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957
- Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory
- Korean War, 1950-1953
- Hydrogen bomb
- Soviet Union
- Nuclear weapons
- Nuclear energy
- United States
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
- War and Conflict
- Global Affairs
- Morrison, Philip (Interviewee)
- Publication Information
- WGBH Educational Foundation
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