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  •  Rich, I've used this description many times (2+ / 0-)
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    in English classes for different purposes, but I never knew the author until today.  I googled "from the bowels of the earth a light not of this world..." and found many references including the date of the NYT article: Sept. 26, 1945. The entire piece was in a much more recent book. As for the writer: William L. Laurence (1888-1977) was an

    American journalist who co-founded the National Association of Science Writers (1934). In Apr 1945, he was appointed official journalist of the Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico to report on the Manhattan Project. He wrote many of the first official press releases about nuclear weapons, and was the only journalist to attend the Trinity atomic bomb test in Jul 1945. Link

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:05:17 PM PDT

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    •  ah blessings. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      I am going to jump right on this one, ybruti, and will love reading more about what you initially brought up (given the big blast of the 40s). I don't know why I am so doggone fascinated with that era and that huge blast, but I am. I guess, too, it was like a birth of a kind, an atomic birth, that changed everything from there on, and of course introduced the cliche of the "Atomic world." One of my student's father's (when I was teaching guitar and music theory here in the Burqy region) was a scientist at LANL (Los Alamos) and had connections with someone down there and we took a drive to White Sands (an over nighter) and he got us into the Trinity site. . .without the usual millions of others crowding to the site twice a year). I remember standing in that huge blast era and I swear. . .I swear I heard everything that was spoken by the scientists that day (in my head, of course) and then heard and felt and saw the blast. It was so quiet there; so haunting, and it had a very strange and powerful effect on me. . .that austere silence and the replication going on inside my head. Anyway, thank you so much for sending this information to me. I really do appreciate your effort and comments on the matter.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:04:29 AM PDT

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