By J. P. G. Freeman (auth.)
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Extra resources for Britain’s Nuclear Arms Control Policy in the Context of Anglo-American Relations, 1957–68
These lobbyists were active from the opening of the nuclear age, but to the failure to achieve measures of disarmament was added in 1957 the first British thermonuclear explosion on Christmas Island, and together they galvanised the two groups. Before analysing the progress of international negotiation after 1957 and the continuing policy shift from the pursuit of general to partial measures of disarmament, the following two chapters will examine (a) the role of British scientists both as lobbyists of nuclear arms control and disarmament and as contributors to official efforts through bilateral negotiations and treaties to contain the nuclear arms race; and (b) the movement of protest against nuclear weapons in Britain.
Other organisations in Britain, as well as in the USA, were nervous of the political complexion of the Federation. 43 The advice from a wide range of scientists44 was that a broad political grouping was needed; a view the WFSW itself recognised when it pressed Bertrand Russell to help in an appeal for a conference to highlight the dangers of atomic weapons. 45 Russell was quick to see the disadvantages of a WFSW conference and pressed for an alternative joint declaration signed by individuals of great eminence, not representing governments.
This work, begun in 1958, continued through to 1962, 'bringing seismology out of the previous century into this century'. 77 Because of the excellence of this teamwork, and of certain individuals such as H. I. S. Thirlaway and Eric Carpenter, Britain contributed a very significant proportion of the total input of knowledge. Thirlaway made major contributions to the development of the British arrays and Carpenter was an exceptionally able mathematician. 78 In the light of the uncertainties left after the Rainer and Hardtack experiments, British seismologists began to ask themselves a number of questions - how big is the recorded signal relative to the noise and to similar signals produced by natural phenomena?
Britain’s Nuclear Arms Control Policy in the Context of Anglo-American Relations, 1957–68 by J. P. G. Freeman (auth.)