A Necessary Advancement: The Building Of The Atomic Bomb

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Connor Kerkezian Mr. Digiosio U.S. History Since 45 4 November 2010 A Necessary Advancement There are very few inventions in human history that affected the entire world and the lives of everyone on it. Inventions like written language, the wheel both made by the ancient Sumerians, gunpowder invented by the Chinese, the mastery of electricity by Thomas Edison, and the personal computer in the late 20th century. These are called game changers, Inventions that completely change the lives of people on a global scale. One of these is the ability to harness the previously untapped power of the building block of the universe, the atom. This power was focused into the form of a bomb. This bomb would define life for everyone on the earth for the nearly the next 60 years. Although people feared the power of the atomic bomb and later the hydrogen bomb it was a necessary step in the advancement of the scientific understanding of the universe. The main catalyst for the building of the atomic bomb is a letter written to president Franklin D. Roosevelt by the famous physicist Albert Einstein (1). Einstein wrote this letter after learning of the work of Austrian physicist L. Szilard on nuclear fission. Einstein…show more content…
Robert Oppenheimer was the lead scientist directing the development of the atomic bomb. He knew the political power that the bomb would have perhaps better than anyone it was evident in this quote from 1962 when discussing his thoughts during the first detonation of an atomic bomb during the Trinity test "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita... 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds,' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another." (2) Oppenheimer felt that this bomb would destroy the world, he was wrong but not by much because for the next 60 years the Cold War dominated the political landscape of the

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