The Germans tried to use this energy, as did the United States and Russia. Americans spent billions of dollars on the Manhattan Project, headed by J. Robert Oppenheimer. This project was held in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The bomb produced a huge explosion. Although this explosion was spectacular, the deadly force of an atomic bomb was shown when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima during War II.
The discovery of uranium-235 was also key to these accidents, however the project was deemed successful. In the end, the Manhattan project had ended World War II and impacted the world positively and negatively.
Why is the Atomic Bomb one of the most important inventions created in the United States? According to research, the atomic bomb is considered an essential invention to have in a country due to its destructive power created by the fission of either plutonium or uranium. Countries across the world would use the atomic device against other countries in order to make advancements. The first atomic weapons that were built for warfare was known as the Little Boy and Fat Man. United States is the first country in history today to ever use the atomic bomb against another country, specifically in Japan on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Maybe the first step towards the atomic bomb was when Einstein sent his fabled letter to President Roosevelt. Regardless of when exactly these events started, they would lead to the creation of one of the most dangerous weapons to ever be conceived. World renowned physicists, such as Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard, would help build the atomic bomb and vastly improve America’s understanding of science with their inventions, including the Chicago Pile-1. Bigger and greater experiments were then done by the Uranium Committee and the famed Manhattan Project, all building up to the fatal day of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These attacks would rock the foundations of war, as it changed all previous parameters.
After its creation, the bomb was used by the United States to end this bloody war with Japan by dropping one atomic bomb on Hiroshima and one on Nagasaki. After these two events took place, the atomic bomb was introduced to the world, making it a major threat to anyone. As other countries began to build their own nuclear weapons an increasing threat of nuclear war arose. The nuclear bomb, being a weapon that has the power to end all human life on the earth, has qui... ... middle of paper ... ... many Americans are able to enjoy many people are not preoccupied with foreign affairs. Thus, few people will behave differently because any type of nuclear threat is considered to be almost non-existent.
In 1944, the United States knew Ger... ... middle of paper ... ...knows the United States has the power to use fission bombs. “It was not the bomb itself that caused surrender but it was the experience of what an atomic bomb does” (Stimson). The Manhattan Project totaled to a cost of two billion dollars. They were able to create fission bombs that changed the look and destruction of war (Stimson). With Japan’s surrender, World War II was coming to an end.
The need for a nuclear bomb became present in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor when the United States entered World War 2. Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi who were the fathers of the Manhattan Project. Einstein and Fermi were worried about what would happen if the Axis powers got their hands on an atomic bomb (US History.com). An atom bomb works by firing stray neutrons at closely pact uranium atoms. When the neutrons hit the uranium atom, the atom splits apart releasing energy and more neutrons causing more atom separations, thus causing a nuclear reaction gone critical (Wisegeek.com).
The Atomic Bomb Background of the Atomic Bomb It was during the Second World War that the United States became a world power, thanks in a large part to its monopoly on atomic weapons. The atomic bomb is a weapon with great explosive power that results form the sudden release of energy upon the splitting, or fission of the nuclei of such heavy elements as plutonium or uranium. This new destructive force wrecked havoc on two Japanese cities and caused the end of World War II. It also saved thousands of American lives because a ground invasion of Japan was no longer necessary. The decision to create the bombs was that of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt under a secret military project that was called The Manhattan Project.
The Manhattan project was the first quest for nuclear weapons. The Manhattan Project took place in they United States, during World War II and its purpose was to create a bomb by splitting atoms apart. This project was a success and created one of the most destructive bombs ever used by mankind, the atomic bomb. The president at the time, Harry S. Truman, had to face the factors that were involved in making the decision to drop the bomb. By July 16, 1945 the United States government had tested the bomb in New Mexico.
In August 1945, the atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were guided by the United States during the final stages of World War II. It was led by the United States with the help of many scientists willing to construct the world’s first nuclear bomb. Many feared new warfare technology, for it contained the ability to cause mass destruction and devastate the human population. This was a major topic of concern for many during the Cold War Era, and has carried over to the present day. Nuclear destruction was avoided by the Soviets and the United States by fighting in proxy wars, such as the Vietnam War, Korean War, and political crisis in the Middle East.