Edward Teller, colloquially known as the “father of the hydrogen bomb,” dedicated his life to the development and advancement of nuclear science. A controversial figure within both the public and scientific domains, Teller's contributions to science changed the way in which countries waged war, developed defense strategies, and considered alternative energy sources. His work, including a seminal piece on the nature of the hydrogen ion, underpins many of the key nuclear power and weaponry issues facing the world today, and his influence helped shape the public perception of science in ways that are still apparent.

Edward (Hungarian name Ede) Teller was born into a wealthy Jewish family on January 15, 1908, in Budapest, Hungary. He established himself as a mathematical prodigy and later developed an interest ...

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