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The Soviet launch of Sputnik shook the confidence of Americans in the country’s defense and in its science. President Eisenhower convened a meeting of scientists in the Oval Office that Hans Bethe called an “unforgettable hour.”
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Eisenhower, scientists, and Sputnik
Phys. Today 60, 6, 47 (2007); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2754603