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HUMANS DESERVE BAD WEATHER IF EXPLODING BOMBS CAUSES IT (SCIENTISTS.) EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Two Brief Typed Letters Signed, "A. Einstein," to editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac Robb Sagendorph. The first, confessing his ignorance about the relationship between meteorology and atomic energy. The second, withholding permission to publish his remarks. Each 1/2 page, 4to, personal embossed letterhead; moderate uneven toning to upper portion of each, 3 punch holes at left edge of each, few tiny holes affecting letterhead of first, folds. Princeton, 24; 27 March 1954
24 March 1954: "I am myself a layman in metereology [sic] and applied atomic energy. If man will be damaged by such kind of activities--which I do not know--he deserves it." Einstein's comment in the March 24 letter was published by Sagendorph in the Old Farmer's Almanac for 1955, attributing it to a "world renowned scientist." Sagendorph introduced the comment in an article entitled, "The H Bomb and the Weather," in which he asserts that "an explosion of the H Bomb size (ten million tons) every ten weeks might conceivably keep rain pouring, or cause drought, the world over the whole year round" (p. 91). Robb Sagendorph (1900-1970) was the owner and publisher of the Old Farmer's Almanac from 1939 to his death. In the Almanac, Sagendorph provided day-to-day advice in numerous uncredited articles, as well as long-range weather forecasts under the name Abe Weatherwise.