Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists
Room 28, 90 Nassau Street
Princeton, New Jersey
February 10, 1947
I write to you for help at the suggestion of a friend.
Through the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought into the world the most revolutionary force since prehistoric
man’s discovery of fire. This basic power of the universe cannot be fitted into the outmoded concept of narrow nationalisms.
For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding
and insistence of the peoples of the world.
We scientists recognize our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of the simple facts
of atomic energy and its implications for society. In this lies our only security and our only hope – we believe that an informed
citizenry will act for life and not for death.
We need $1,000,000 for this great educational task. Sustained by faith in man’s ability to control his destiny through the
exercise of reason, we have pledged all our strength and out knowledge to this work. I do not hesitate to call upon you to