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H.G. Wells Envisions Atomic Bomb 30 Years Ahead of Time

H.G. Wells Envisions Atomic Bomb 30 Years Ahead of Time

“The latest book by H.G. Wells, The World Free, is at once one of those magnificent flights of imagination and keen sociological perceptions. The bomb that plays so great a in this story, although a of Mr. Wells, may be regarded as inspired by Frederick Soddy’s The Interpretation of Radium (1909). Wells argues that inasmuch as radioactive substances are constantly decaying and giving energy as they do so, tremendous results could be obtained if the decay could occur with explosive rapidity. Trained scientist as he is, he presents his atomic bomb with an air of definiteness and conclusiveness that almost convinces one it exists.”


Scientific American, May 1914


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