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J. Robert Oppenheimer

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When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you've had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
Testifying in his defense in his 1954 security hearings (page 81 of the official transcript)

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