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Atoms for Peace

With the onset of the Cold War in the early 1950s, the United States sought to change the image of atomic energy from a force of awesome destruction to one of peace and prosperity. That idea that the world should benefit from peaceful applications of nuclear energy was the center piece of an initiative launched […]

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Building the South African bomb

Andre Buys is a respected scientist and university professor. He’s a reserved man. But his voice swells with pride as he recalls assembling a secret nuclear weapons arsenal. “Technically, it was an achievement we were proud of,” he says. “But we weren’t sure whether having a nuclear device was going to be to our advantage […]