Atomic Bomb Essay

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Is anything in war ever truly justifiable? There will always be downsides to what may seem to be the “right” decision. The use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki provided some of the greatest devastation in the history of war. The Manhattan Project was and is still one of the most secretive projects ever created in United States history. The purpose of the Manhattan Project was simple: to build; test; and deploy the atomic bomb. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves were the two men put in charge of this mission. These two men along with the top scientists from around the country were brought together to construct the most deadliest thing known to man. Was it worth developing the atomic bomb to achieve the unconditional surrender from Japan? Or could have there been alterative to end the War in the Pacific? It is exceedingly difficult to imagine that, without the threat of Germany’s developing nuclear weapons during World War II, the U.S. government would not have mobilized the scientific, technical, and military resources devoted to the Manhattan Project. Were we in the right due to the attack on Pearl harbor? Were we right to drop the atomic bombs? In 1905, as part of his Special Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein made the intriguing point that a large amount of energy could be released from a small amount of matter. This was expressed by the equation E=mc2 (energy = mass times the speed of light squared). The atomic bomb would clearly illustrate this principle. The Einstein–Szilárd letter was a letter sent to United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 2, 1939, that was signed by Albert Einstein but largely written by Leó Szilárd in consultation with fellow Hungarian physicists Edward Teller and Eugene Wigner. The letter suggested that the U.S. should begin its own research because of the potentially vast destructive power of

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