October 15, 2006
Dialogue Between Nobel Peace Laureate Sir Joseph Rotblat and SGI President
A Quest for Global Peace--Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat
The English language edition of A Quest for Global Peace--Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat, a dialogue between the late Sir Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005), Nobel peace laureate and emeritus president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist leader, was published by I. B. Tauris, London. Dr. Rotblat and Mr. Ikeda first met in 1989 in Osaka, and again in 2000 in Okinawa. The two collaborated on the dialogue via correspondence and first published it as a series in the Japanese monthly literary magazine, Ushio.
In their dialogue, the two prominent thinkers discuss the ethics of war and peace, nuclear deterrence, Dr. Rotblat's career, the intersection of science and faith, and steps needed to create a world without war.
The only physicist to leave the Manhattan Project aimed at the development of the first nuclear weapons on grounds of conscience, Dr. Rotblat devoted his life to campaigning against nuclear weapons. He was among the 11 signatories of "The Russell-Einstein Manifesto," an appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and peaceful solutions to international conflict. Dr. Rotblat was an emeritus physics professor at the University of London and emeritus president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which he helped found and with which he shared the Nobel Prize.
The book is available from Amazon Books at: http://www.amazon.com/
The Daisaku Ikeda Library http://www.ikedabooks.org
[Adapted from an article in the October 15, 2006, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]