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Vladimir Putin

Watson-Watt, Sir Robert

Three "bits" of the speaker's experiences outside the nuclear research field on which the justification for his appearance rests: his groups of treasured friendships with many pioneers from Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, the Curies, and onward to some post-war contacts with workers on the enemy side; the audacities and versatilities which he and his colleagues learned to "exercise in the development of radar" and which were "very advantageous to the time-table of nuclear research and development;" and third that the speaker feels he is something of a "practising specialist in human fallibility." What the speaker has learned from his experiences with various politicians, some defence scientists and a few military leaders, with examples. Some of the good material aspects of the nuclear age, and the "inner-space age" and the "outer-space age." The speaker's reservations and scepticism about the material value of human controls over terrestrial processes, to be achieved through space vehicles. The immediate and long term dangers from nuclear tests. The dangers of biological warfare. The true and terrifying dangers of the nuclear age that are stored in the mind of man. The factor of human fallibility. The price of brinksmanship. The "Illusion of National Sovereignty" and the "Illusion of The Great Deterrent," with discussion.

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