reply to post by Carlthulhu
As to the mainstream thing; After securing neutron-moderator technology and scientists from the Nazis (in return for asylum and immunity?), it would
have been in the Americans best interest to keep this transaction a secret!
A lot of people do love a secret. I have never been one of those. In my experience, most secrets are employed more for covering up mistakes than for
actually preserving something uniquely useful. I do however, recognize the REAL difference between strategic
Example. The US and the UK (and maybe the USSR) agreed strategically to defeat Germany before taking on Japan. But that decision soon became obvious
to everyone, including the unlucky General Wainwright on Corregidor. I’m sorry. Unless you are a WW2 buff you would not know the significance of my
remark. History: General MacArthur was ordered to leave the Philippines and Gen. Wainwright was left in command. It fell to him to surrender the
combined US and Filipino forces to the overwhelming Japanese forces. April, 1942.
Another example. In North Africa, in late 1942, it was no secret there would be a second and decisive battle at el Alamein, a vital railroad junction
leading to Egypt (the Suez Canal) from German occupied Lybia, an Italian colony. Strategic. But the order of battle, the various units, their strength
and locations were all TOP Secret. Tactically.
In physics, and indeed, in any and all of the natural sciences, there are NO secrets. The knowledge is out there in equal amounts for anyone to
discover. Nuclear physics dates back at least to the work done by Madame Curie. (1867-1934). See Note 1. The secrets she discovered were out there for
anyone to find. There are many cases where two people worked on the same thing without knowledge of the other. Joseph Priestly is given credit in the
English speaking world for the discovery of oxygen as an element. But see Note 2. The same OPENNESS applies to inventions as well. See Note 3.
Note 1. Her achievements include the creation of a theory of radioactivity (a term coined by her), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and
the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. It was also under her personal direction that the world's first studies were conducted into
the treatment of neoplasms (cancers), using radioactive isotopes. en.wikipedia.org...
Note2. The discovery of oxygen is usually credited to Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742-86) and English chemist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804).
The two discovered oxygen at nearly the same time in 1774, working independently of each other.
Note 3. Western Union laboratory reportedly lost Antonio Meucci's working models, and Meucci, who at this point was living on public assistance, was
unable to renew the patent after 1874; In March 1876 Alexander Graham Bell, who conducted experiments in the same laboratory where Meucci's materials
had been stored, was granted a patent and was thereafter credited with inventing the telephone.
Meucci was recognized as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States House of Representatives in House Resolution 269 dated 11 June 2002.
The resolution states that "if Meucci had been able to pay the $10 fee to maintain the caveat (patent) after 1874, no patent could have been issued
to Bell." However, this declaration is non-binding and has no legal effect. en.wikipedia.org...