"If we knew the WHY and WHAT of radioactivity we would not dare to use it. Atomic Suicide? explains that WHY and WHAT. The truth about whether radioactivity can or can not be used as the next world fuel stands or falls upon one issue alone: can science protect organic life from extinction? The facts about radioactive death elements are clearly spelled out in this highly informative volume. "What is atomic energy?" asked the Russells. " We will briefly state what it is and what it can do in one short paragraph. We will then expand this one paragraph into this whole book for full comprehension of its meaning."
In a 1954 Newsletter, the Russells predicted that use of radioactive elements would destroy Earth's protective atmosphere and heat the planet, with devasting world-wide consequences. Atomic Suicide? explains exactly why. In publishing Atomic Suicide? the Russells united with Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s 1957 appeal to the world to end nuclear tests, and in fact any and all use of radioactive elements. In this prophetic book, the Russells explain clearly that with radioactive elements unleashed into our atmosphere, the human race is heading for catastrophe. Giving detailed scientific evidence, they warn that "to fail to consider the nature of radioactive elements and their consequences would be a folly for which humanity would have to pay a terrible price." For readers interested in the Russell science, Atomic Suicide?, while explaining the nature of radioactive elements, provides an excellent source of information about Russell concepts of the nature of the universe, including a philosophic discussion of the unity of science and consciousness. "