MAINLY by luck, Canada is one of the godparents of this latest and most prodigious child, atomic power. We happen to have one of the two major sources of uranium ore now known—Eldorado mine on Great Bear Lake, which the Canadian Government took over 18 months ago.
ALREADY we are a victim of the atomic age. The floor of this office is sprinkled with the fine, prickly dust of what once were a glass tumbler and water carafe. Having read the proofs of the articles on pages 5, 6 and 7 of this issue while we were away on vacation, the composing room’s Hamish was giving us a simple demonstration of the principles of atom-splitting when, due to overenthusiasm in the manipulation of “critical masses,” the experiment got out of hand.
THE coming of atomic power, announced to the world on Aug. 6, may prove to be the most important single event in the whole history of mankind. Its possibilities for evil are tremendous, and its possibilities for good are equally great In this article I propose to indicate some of the items on each side of the ledger.By BRUCE BLIVEN
MORE than 300 scientists have been working in Montreal for nearly three years, mainly on the job of designing a plant— the Chalk River, Ont., pilot plant which today is one of the world’s three or four sources of atomic bomb material. Canada’s task was to try, on an industrial scale, one of the two known processes for making plutonium.By BLAIR FRASER
ALL MATTER is composed of atoms. For a long time after the existence of the atom had been deduced by scientists from the laws of physics, it was assumed to be a solid, inert, indivisible mass. We now know that science erred — that on the contrary the atom is put together of various parts and that it actually consists mostly of empty space.By BRUCE BLIVEN
WHEN the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima it meant not merely the emergence of a new weapon but the introduction of a new form of warfare which has every chance to become the model for the war of the future. What we call modern war is a creation of the last decade, of the years between 1935 and 1945.By MAX WERNER
SOMEONE was calling his name, someone in the sprinkling of Toronto fandom who had turned up at the workout to scout this Mustang team from the Prairies, this motley Mustang crew. “Kip! Kip Faye! Over here!” He turned, took one look, and stopped right in his tracks.By CLARK LEWIS
IN OCTOBER and November, if all goes well, dealers across Canada will be receiving the first new automobiles to have gone into their display rooms since the spring of 1942. It is estimated that by Christmas there will be more than 15,000 of them available for civilian consumption.By Royd E. Beamish
SIXTEEN years ago our daughter got us up in the middle of the night, as arriving babies have a way of doing. We bundled our seven-year-old boy into a blanket, laid him on the back seat of the car and hurried to the hospital. On arrival our son noted with interest the wheel chair and the white-garbed nurse.By W. W. BAUER
THE secret ambition of every woman— young and old—is to possess beautiful hands. I too had that ambition, for I felt that my hands were the ugliest in the world. They were always large, wide-palmed, heavy-wristed and short-fingered. When I was in my early teens I happened to mention this ambition of mine to a lady in her late seventies.By RAY SHAW
The story you want is part of the Maclean’s Archives. To access it, log in here or sign up for your free 30-day trial.
Experience anything and everything Maclean's has ever published — over 3,500 issues and 150,000 articles, images and advertisements — since 1905. Browse on your own, or explore our curated collections and timely recommendations.WATCH THIS VIDEO for highlights of everything the Maclean's Archives has to offer.