Julius Robert Oppenheimer

Julius Robert Oppenheimer Quotes

  • ''When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.''
    J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), U.S. physicist. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, USAEC Transcript of Hearing Before Personnel Security Board, p. 81 (1954). Said during hearings investigating allegations of past communist associations in connection with his involvement in the Los Alamos project to develop the atomic bomb.
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  • ''In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.''
    J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), U.S. physicist. Lecture, November 25, 1947, delivered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Physics in the Contemporary World," no. 50, Technology Review (1948). The remark became notorious when it was quoted in Time (February 23, 1948 and November 8, 1948).

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