An Appreciation on the 60th Birthday of Edward Teller

  • E. P. Wigner
Part of the Historical, Philosophical, and Socio-Political Papers book series (WIGNER, volume B / 7)


It has been said that great men have many admirers, but each also has some passionate opponents. Edward Teller surely qualifies as a great man under this criterion. The present writer is one of a large number of his close and affectionate friends, friends who admire his imagination, his human kindness, his unfailing wit, and the breadth of his interests. On the other hand, a clipping from a paper in Hungary, sent to me for this occasion, accuses him of ill will, greediness, and of a violent temper. All this in a critical review of one of his books which is, actually, “not available” there.


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