Out of control (1989)

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Written by: 360.org

Thursday, 14 December 2017

1989 -

What if you discover something so powerful, it has the potential to solve many problems but at the same time is so forceful, it might become dangerous? This happened to Andrei Sakharov, a renowned physicist in Russia who studied on controlled nuclear fusion. He and his fellow researchers did an amazing job, but it was put to the wrong use. The physicist who tried to use science for the better died of a heart attack on the 14th of December in 1989.

The bomb
Although working in the science department himself, he became a fierce opponent against the nuclear improvement. It was clear to him that certain knowledge could lead to wrong use thereof. When the Soviet tested their first hydrogen bomb, people named Andrei the 'father of the Soviet atomic bomb', because of his crucial research. He was shocked, but he didn't simply retreat from the field.

Andrei became an activist and committed his life to science and setting things straight. He fought for global disarmament and pleaded for the human rights. Nuclear fusion might be able to generate an unbelievable amount of energy, but Andrei himself was a raging fire and did everything he could to better the world. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975 and is still being honoured for his meaningful commitment to human rights.

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Quote: 'I've come to the conclusion that the most powerful weapon in the world is not the bomb but it's the truth.'



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