"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.
Item Number: 99849
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. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Connie Crawford, Edward Teller.” From the library of J.R. Maxfield, Jr. with his business card laid in on which he has inscribed, “with best wishes.” Maxfield was a Charter Member and 10th president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and founder of the American College of Nuclear Medicine. During his presidency, he established The Journal of Nuclear Medicine to which he made numerous important contributions. Near fine in a very good price-clipped 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."