Letters Aver Physicist Supported Nazi Bomb

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Science  15 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5558, pp. 1211
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5558.1211a

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For more than half a century, historians have speculated about a private conversation that took place in September 1941 between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and Danish physicist Niels Bohr. Long-secret letters released on 6 February by the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen finally provide an answer. They flatly contradict claims made by Heisenberg after the war that he told Bohr he intended to subvert the Nazi bomb program from within.