An Affliction Fatal to Felines
Do not fear. I am not going to discourse about rabies or cat scratch fever; the line refers to curiosity, which is said to have killed the cat, and from which humans suffer as well.
One can look on the world with an awareness that ranges from indifference through passion to obsession. I have never suffered from indifference, but view life mostly with a passion occasionally approaching obsession; both passion and obsession have served me well.
The subjects of my enthusiasm have come and gone, but when a devotion to one curiosity wanes, there is always another to take its place. I have been passionately curious all my life and now I want to share the results of some of my explorations, so I have started An Affliction Fatal in Felines. I hope you enjoy it.
One of my recent infatuations was with the atomic bomb. It started when I attended the funeral of my brother-in-law. One of the men who spoke at his service talked about their time together in the CIA and how, in the 1970s and 1980s, they had used spy satellites to track the Chinese as they were developing their A-bomb. I thought what a great story for a book and started doing some research. Because Dana undoubtedly learned the story of the America bomb as part of his CIA training, I wanted to know the tale from the beginning, . I went back -- way back -- and started from the first steps of our knowledge of the atom. Cutting the Uncuttable, is the story of a great, unending curiosity that may yet kill the cat.
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An atomic explosion only a few milliseconds old
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