The inventor of the Soviet hydrogen bomb became an advocate of peace and human rights. What led him to his fateful decision?
This article was originally published with the title "The Metamorphosis of Andrei Sakharov"
Gennady Gorelik is a historian of science at Boston University, author of a biography of Andrei Sakharov, and a web-exhibit at American Institute of Physics: Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons & Human Rights
Get 50% off digital subscriptions of Scientific American and Scientific American MIND!