The Atomic Bomb in World War Two

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The Atomic Bomb in World War Two In 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the armed forces of the United States and her allies had been at war with Japan. The combined land, sea and air forces of the allied forces fought back against Japan, until only the Japanese homeland remained in Japanese control. On July 26,1941 President Truman issued the Potsdam Declaration,which called for Japan’s unconditional surrender and listed peace terms. The Japanese were warned of the consequences of continued resistance by the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, signed by President Truman, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with concurrence of Chang Kai-Shek, President of the National Government of China. When Japan rejected the ultimatum the Untied States unleashed the fury of the most powerful destructive force known to man the Atomic Bomb. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not necessary. Atomic science began many centuries ago with ancient philosophers and alchemists experimenting and probing into the nature and structure of matter. Science began emerging when Thales of Miletus, the Ioian Greek in (634-546 BC) described the power of attraction in electricity long before electricity was known. In (460-370 BC) a Greek philosopher named Demoncritus was called the “father of the atom”. Although he had no experimental evidence to support himself, Demoncritus argued that all matter must consist of a number of fundamental pieces. He called these pieces “atoms” from the Greek word “atomon” which means indivisible. In (79 BC), the Roman poet-philosopher Titus Lucretius developed atomic theory. After the fall of the Roman Empire and throughout the middle ages the theory of the atomic view of matter was almost lost. Then ... ... middle of paper ... ... demand the unconditional surrender. If we had offered Japan the same kind of peace treaty, which we gave her we could have had a negotiated peace. We could have communicated with Japan through regular diplomatic channels, and explained to the Japanese that we didn’t want to kill anybody and demonstrated the effects of the bomb. I am positive that if the Japanese and the rest of the world would have witness a nuclear test we wouldn’t have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Bibliography: Garner R. J (1972) Transfer of Radioactive Material from the Terrestrial Environment to Animal and Man. OH: CRC Press Lindee Susan M. (1994) Suffering Made Real Chicago: Chicago Press Fowler Eric B (1965) Radioactive Fallout Soils, Plants, Food and Man NY: Elsevier

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