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It's a funny picture. At the same time Einstein stated in the end of his life: "I made one great mistake in my life—when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification—the danger that the Germans would make them ..." ( Einstein: The Life and Times by Ronald Clark. page 752)
The Manhattan Project In 1938, three chemists working in a laboratory in Berlin made a discovery that would alter the course of history: they split the uranium atom. The energy released when this splitting, or fission, occurs is tremendous--enough to power a bomb. But before such a weapon could be built, numerous technical problems had to be overcome.
Einstein's 1939 letter helped initiate the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb, but work proceeded slowly at first. In December 1941, the government launched the Manhattan Project, the scientific and military undertaking to develop the bomb.
A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."
originally posted by: ANNED
I once watched one from a mountain top outside Beatty NV.
A camera could never show what a real nuclear blast looks like.