The Post-Nuclear Society

  • David Dowling


A survey of possible global disasters which appeared in 1930 does not mention nuclear war, but a similar book from 1953 includes a lengthy chapter on the subject.2 The author, himself a scientist, takes as his authority Albert Einstein. In 1945 Einstein argued that although two thirds of the world’s population might be destroyed in a war, ‘enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilisation could be restored.’3 But by 1950 he was writing less sanguinely, ‘In the end, there beckons more and more clearly general annihilation.’4 The Doomsday Clock, an invention of alumni of the Manhattan Project in their Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, concurs with Einstein’s grim prediction; at present its hands are at a few minutes to midnight, closer than they have ever been.5


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