THE ATOMIC RECONNAISSANCE
"The true and legitimate goal of the Sciences is no other than to benefit human life by new discoveries and resources."
-- FRANCIS BACON, Novum Organum, Aphorism 81
THE Truman-Attlee-King Declaration of November 15, 1945, started a train of important political happenings in regard to atomic energy. The first session of the newly-established Geneva Assembly of the United Nations was due to meet in London in January, 1946. It was preceded by a conference, held in Moscow in December, of the Foreign Secretaries of the United States (former Supreme Court Justice James F. Byrnes had become Secretary of State on July 3, 1945), Great Britain, and the Soviet Union.
Acting on the offer contained in the Truman-Attlee-King Declaration, the three Foreign Ministers agreed to recommend to the General Assembly the establishment by the United Nations of a commission "to consider problems arising from the discovery of atomic energy and related matters." They also agreed to invite