It is criminal to destroy information, no matter how insignificant (“Manhattan Project notebooks hold a secret — radioactivity,” Notebook, Oct. 7). There may be many researchers who may disagree with the Woodrow Wilson School student who made the decision.  

The books should have been scanned, photocopied, or microfilmed before discarding. This would have preserved the information, but not the radioactivity.

Sandor Barcza ’60