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Pioneers of Technology

Moira Gunn speaks with Edward Teller, director emeritus of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and senior research fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Dr. Teller, who worked on the Manhattan project developing the atomic bomb, is regarded as the father of the hydrogen bomb and was the leading visionary for the strategic defense initiative, or "Star Wars," during the Reagan administration.

In an interview at his home on the Stanford campus, Dr. Teller talks about his experience on the Manhattan project, acting as messenger for the famous Albert Einstein letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the effect on science of the atomic bomb. He joins Dr. Gunn in his reflections on the knowledge that his work resulted in the destruction of human life, and recalls his experiences with the scientists he thought made the greatest contributions to science in this century: Heisenberg, Bohr, Fermi, and Von Neumann.

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