"In short, the greatest contribution to real security that science can make is through
the extension of the scientific method to the social sciences and a solution of the
problem of complete avoidance of war."
Edward Condon. "Science and Security," Science, Vol. 107, page 665. June 25, 1948.
"The whole apparatus of using loyalty-security hearings for working off personal political
spite has been firmly established as a part of our 'way of life' and I do not see
anything happening yet to loosen the hold of this machinery on us."
Edward Condon. Letter to Linus Pauling. September 8, 1955.
"There has come about a general public awareness that America is not automatically,
and effortlessly, and unquestionably the leader of the world in science and technology....It
comes as no surprise to those who have known of dozens of cases of scientists who
have been hounded out of jobs by silly disloyalty charges, and kept out of all professional
employment by widespread blacklisting practices."
Edward Condon. Speech presented at a banquet of the American Physical Society, St. Louis, Missouri. November 29, 1957.
"What, more petitions! Won't you be, and stay, intimidated? You must really annoy
Sen. Dodd. Here it is [my signature], and I hope it does some good."
Edward Condon. Letter to Linus and Ava Helen Pauling. January 17, 1961.
"On May 15, 1957 Linus Pauling made an extraordinary speech to the students of Washington
University....It was at this time that the idea of the scientists' petition against
nuclear weapons tests was born. That evening we discussed it at length after dinner
at my house and various ones of those present were scribbling and suggesting paragraphs.
But it was Linus Pauling himself who contributed the simple prose of the petition
that was much superior to any of the suggestions we were making."
Edward Condon. Speech titled "The 1962 Nobel Peace Prize," presented at the Unitarian Church, Boulder,
Colorado. October 20, 1963.
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