Quotes about Edward Teller
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Naturally, the next question was: How accurate is the nuclear data you used in your calculation? As only Edward Teller is capable of doing, he replied, with a smirk-smile going from ear to ear: Well, it's possible that the data might be off by a factor of ten. Which way, he didn't profess to know, but I suspect that much of the audience didn't sleep too well that night. (If you're beginning to worry that you might not be sleeping too well from now on, I have to tell you that as it turned out, after careful nuclear measurements and detailed calculations were made, we were safe by far more than a factor of ten. It simply couldn't happen.)
People are people, and all people have emotions and biases, rarely understood: intellectual and emotional behavior don't necessarily have an inverse correlation. Oppenheimer, as superhuman and wise as he was in so many ways, was still a human being. Depending upon the occasion he could be as human (dramatic, overwhelming, megalomaniacal, self-serving, and even downright dishonest, as his arch-rival Edward Teller was accused of being, and was) as most of us. Like most of us, depending upon the circumstances, he could change his personality and alleged beliefs at the drop of a hat.