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Oppenheimer on Invention

The first epigraph in our forthcoming American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15 is from J. Robert Oppenheimer. We had no idea a movie about Oppenheimer was in the works when we chose the quote. We liked his remark for what it said about technology and society.

Inventors create objects for a particular purpose and put them out into the world. But once out in the world, the inventions are used in ways the inventor never anticipated.

Here’s the quote “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success.”

Oppenheimer Stoner AR-15 rifle invention American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15


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