The Effects and Minds Behind the Atomic Bomb

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The first atomic bomb to ever be used against humanity was dropped on August 6th, 1945. On that day a new kind of war was invented. There were, of course, many events leading up to this catastrophe. Some would say it began as far back as when Democritus proposed the idea of an atom. 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. Although the Manhattan Project greatly furthered nuclear science, it also vastly increased the damage and horror that could be created by mankind.
Some of the world’s greatest physicists contributed to the early research for making the atomic bomb. In fact, scientific understanding of the atom increased in leaps and bounds during the nineteenth century. Much of the earliest research was conducted by Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand physicist. Rutherford spent a large part of his life studying the atom and its inner workings, such as the nucleus. In 1919 he began his work on atomic fission. Fission was the idea of splitting an atom, so that physicists could observe the nucleus inside the atom. Rutherford hypothesized that if the atom could s...

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...Project had reached its goal. Einstein’s letter had been answered. The physicists, including Fermi and Szilard, had made history. Scientific understanding of the power of fission had never been so great. The atomic bomb was released upon the world, and decades later, nearly every country would have access to nuclear weapons. The war had been won, but it opened up a gateway to a new kind of war, the destruction such a battle could reach nearly unimaginable in its depths. The citizens of the U.S. celebrated, laughing with joy and congratulating their military. Across the world Japanese citizens wept for their fallen brethren. Mankind has warred against itself since the very dawn of its creation. It is the human condition, to always have bloodshed and murder, savagery and horror. Good and evil often walk hand in hand, nearly impossible to distinguish from one another.

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