Talk:Russell–Einstein Manifesto

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Formulation of the manifesto[edit]

It would be good to detail how the manifesto was formulated. I drafted this, but until the rest is there, this shouldn't be either.

Einstein's last letter[edit]

When flying from Rome to Paris on April 18, Russell learned of Einstein's death and recounted in his autobiography that he was "shattered" by the news. Upon arrival at his Paris hotel he received a letter from Einstein, dated April 11, 1955. It was Einstein's last public act, in which he endorsed the manifesto.

Dear Bertrand Russell,
Thank you for your letter of April 5. I am gladly willing to sign your excellent statement. I also agree with your choice of the prospective signers.
With kind regards, A. Einstein

With Einstein's passing the text of the manifesto was fixed, lest Einstein be lost from the signatories.

Daniel Collins 21:14, 28 May 2005 (UTC)

Problem with dates[edit]

"The Russell-Einstein Manifesto was issued in London on July 9, 1955 by Bertrand Russell in the midst of the Cold War. It highlighted the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and called for world leaders to seek peaceful resolutions to international conflict. It was signed by 11 preeminent intellectuals and scientists, most notably Albert Einstein, days before his death on April 18, 1955."

How could Einstein have signed this manifesto in July 1955 if he had died two and a half months earlier?

  • I believe the article is saying that Einstein signed it in April. The manifesto, with all signatures, was issued in July. Outriggr 05:27, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

the synopsis section[edit]

Should there not be a link to the full text of the manifesto - maybe the Pugwash site itself? [http://www.pugwash.org/about/manifesto.htm]

It might be worth noting that the possibility of mutually assured destruction (MAD) was foreseen in the manifesto. Although the term/acronym was not then used, its use became relatively common in later years. It is said to be largely through the continued efforts of scientists worldwide to explain this consequence to political leaders that subsequent use of nuclear weapons was averted. Davy p 02:51, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Science associations and Eugene Rabinowitch[edit]

The Federation of American Scientists in the USA and the Atomic Scientists Association in the UK both deserve a mention, as does Eugene Rabinowitch. Rotblat, in his account, says of him "it is largely due to his enthusiasm and devotion that many of the events recorded here have materialized." Davy p 16:59, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

Signatories[edit]

I've added the word 'included:' in the sub-head. Jo Rotblat uses this when he lists signatories, so presumaby a fair few scientists and others had offered support. Those listed in the manifesto were either Nobel Prize winning physicists or otherwise well known.

I simply added mention of Rotblat's book, Science and World Affairs, from which I took an excerpt, to the references section. I suppose this should be a footnote but a) a single Notes heading for footnotes with just one reference would look cluttered; and b) I haven't yet figured out how to use footnotes. Davy p 17:13, 19 November 2006 (UTC)