Hussein Osman Mr. Ryan Boswood Science Honors 9B 20 March 2014 Atomic Bomb Brought to Life The Atomic achievement has the two parts, science and politics, both of which will be discussed to explain the atomic bomb. Beginning with nuclear energy, it comes from the division of uranium atoms in a process called fission. Nuclear energy is energy in the nucleus of an atom and also used with power plants to generate electricity. There is enormous energy in the bonds that hold atoms together; nuclear energy can be used to make electricity. But first the energy must be released; it can be released from atoms in two ways, which are nuclear fusion and nuclear fission.
In Support of the American Nuclear Arsenal August 5, 1945. A day that the entire world will remember, as it was the day that the first of two nuclear strikes against Japan ended World War Two. Although at the time “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” were the lesser of two evils, they started an arms race like the world has never seen. The Soviet Union, America, Great Britain, France, and later China, all started to produce nuclear weapons. The arsenals of these countries would soon number in the tens of thousands.
Nuclear Proliferation Nuclear proliferation is an important issue to the world as we know it. It is known as the spreading of nuclear weapons to nations that are not recognized as “Nuclear Weapon States”. This is a process that can be very dangerous and hazardous to every country on the planet because these weapons are of mass destruction. It is an incredible undertaking to stop nuclear proliferation and it is something that has been fought against since the cold war. Other countries have even joined the United States in trying to stop these weapons from falling into the wrong hands such as terrorists.
Kim Jong-un, Ali Khameni, Vladimir Putin, These men are of different religions, different races, different nations, but they all share two key characteristics, they wield weapons capable of ungodly destruction, and they only understand force. Nuclear threats remain in the post-cold war world, and despite any moral quandary, the only action available to the United States is to maintain its nuclear arsenal and continue to rely on its policy of nuclear deterrence. Nuclear deterrence is the only way to protect America from foreign threat. North Korea, a crumbling nation kept in constant poverty and famine by the ineptness of its leadership, a nation that retains its status via constant threats of nuclear attack. Iran, a land of zealots governed by archaic and biased laws that perpetrated one of the most heinous acts of terrorism ever committed against the U.S. and has been an enemy of America ever since.
According to Merriam-Webster, nuclear fission is defined as “the splitting of an atomic nucleus resulting in the release of large amounts of energy” (Nuclear Fission). In the book Remembering the Manhattan Project: Perspectives on the Making of the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy, Richard Rhodes, an American journalist and historian, states that fission was essentially discovered by accident. On December 21, 1938, German physicists, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman, were performing an experiment in which they bombarded uranium atoms with neutrons (Rhodes 17). They saw that this procedure created mutated atoms that had strange characteristics. Hahn and Strassman found that the neutrons split the nuclei of the uranium in half producing radioactive barium and krypton (Rhodes 18).
Albert Einstein once said, “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe” (Krieger 4). The debate over the moral and life threatening potential of nuclear weapons has been in question since the first bomb was detonated almost eight decades ago. Nuclear weapons seem rightly owned by the world’s superpowers in order to ensure protection, yet it is feared that nuclear weapons are the horrible remnant of the Cold War that may still potentially cause unilateral destruction. It has been proposed by several benevolent world powers, that nuclear weapons should be banned from the arsenal of all countries who own them, and any country that does not contain nuclear weapons should cease martial nuclear research immediately. In banning nuclear weapons, one beneficial factor would be the elimination of the immense cost that comes with them.
This man named Albert Einstein had claimed to have created a blueprint for a weapon using the power of nuclear fission said to be extremely potent and effective. After receiving this letter President Rosevelt had assembled a team to create this weapon, and the team had completed it at the height of the war. The atomic bombs had been dropped on the city of Hiroshima on august 7th and on Nagasaki on August 9th 1945. T... ... middle of paper ... ...from Hiroshima to North Korea, Nuclear Files Offers the A to Z on Nuclear Issues. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 01 Jan. 2014.