The Power of Chemical and Nuclear Energy

New sources of power ... will surely be discovered. Nuclear energy is incomparably greater than the molecular energy we use today. The coal a man can get in a day can easily do five hundred times as much work as himself. Nuclear energy is at least one million times more powerful still. If the hydrogen atoms in a pound of water could be prevailed upon to combine and form helium, they would suffice to drive a thousand-horsepower engine for a whole year. If the electrons, those tiny planets of the atomic systems, were induced to combine with the nuclei in hydrogen, the horsepower would be 120 times greater still. There is no question among scientists that this gigantic source of energy exists. What is lacking is the match to set the bonfire aight, or it may be the detonator to cause the dynamite to explode. The scientists are looking for this.


Churchill recognizes the power of coal and predicts the awesome power of nuclear energy.

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 Fifty Years Hence
Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Churchill, Winston Leonard Spencer (Dec 1931), Fifty Years Hence, Strand Magazine, Dec 1931, Retrieved on 2012-01-31
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