To Stop of Not to Stop

Szilard, Leo
March 1960
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1960, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p82
The article reflects the author's view regarding the cessation of bomb tests between Russia and U.S. He believes that continuation of testing for the purpose of developing bombs which are suitable for being carried by anti-missile missiles that may be developed for the purpose of destroying incoming long-range rockets in flight is a futile arms race. He stresses that if it were really true that the development of the anti-missile missiles requires the further development of bombs rather than of missiles, then the stopping of bomb tests might perhaps serve the purpose of preventing the futile arms race to which the development of anti-missile missiles might lead. Other arguments, contentions, and analyses of the author are presented.


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