The Reluctant Revolutionary.

"And so I am a revolutionary, and a most reluctant one": First Edition of Edward Teller's The Reluctant Revolutionary; inscribed by him

The Reluctant Revolutionary.

TELLER, Edward.


Item Number: 10019

Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1960.

First edition of Teller’s classic work on the role of the scientist in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Albert Susman with best wishes Edward Teller.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

Known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb", Hungarian-American theoretical physicist Edward Teller made numerous contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, spectroscopy, and surface physics. The Reluctant Revolutionary contains three lectures in which Teller discusses the interaction of science and 20th century politics and his views on the role of the scientist in the midst of the potential threat of nuclear war. Teller states, "If freedom is to survive, it will be by a miracle - the miracle that millions of free and independent human beings can in fact perform. We should establish world order by the slow and safe process of evolution, but we don't have the time. It must be done be revolution. And so I am a revolutionary, and a most reluctant one."

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