On one occasion, Szilard was discussing with his colleague Enrico Fermi
the possibility of the existence of other life in the cosmos. Fermi held
forth on the vastness of the universe, the likelihood that stars other
than the sun would have planetary systems, the aeons of time that would
enable life to emerge on some of these planets, and the probability that
intelligent beings not only would exist elsewhere in the universe but
would be capable of traveling to our own earth. "If all this has
been happening," concluded Fermi, "how is it that they have
not arrived? Where are they?"
"They are already among
us," replied Szilard, "but they call themselves Hungarians."
Hungarian-born U.S. physicist. After leaving Hungary he worked
first in England, emigrating to the United States in 1937. With his fellow-Hungarian
Edward Teller he persuaded Albert Einstein to write to President Roosevelt,
warning him of the possibility that Germany might make an atom bomb first.
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