posted on Jan, 7 2015 @ 03:47 PM
originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: mbkennel
Is there any evidence for this?
I believe there is, although I'm no expert in the subject. There is the (conflicting) testimony of Bohr, Heisenberg and Bohr's own archives. Perhaps
more credible, if oblique and open to interpretation, are the transcripts of the wiretaps at Farm Hall, near Cambridge, where scientists working on
the Nazi programme were held until after the war. Their reactions to the news from Hiroshima are particularly telling.
What they say, after losing the war, and under arrest by their enemy which executes Nazis, aren't likely to be entirely truthful.
Is there independent evidence of any internal sabotage? I'm unaware of it.
I saw the play Copenhagen too. It's a good play but not necessarily history.
Personally I think that Heisenberg and his team were just not good enough, or funded enough. Regarding that link and use of heavy water. The way I
heard it is that theory showed that graphite would be the best. Both Allies and Germany tested it, but found the results were different from
theoretical predictions. Slightly ironically, Heisenberg, the theorist, believed experiment and not theory and gave up and switched to inferior
deuterated water. Fermi, the experimentalist, looked more into the graphite and found that processing impurities were causing the problem. He
sourced more chemically pure graphite, and it was as good as predicted, and Hanford was built.
Heisenberg wasn't trying to sabotage---and in any case, an obviously wrong decision would have been sniffed out by the many other people involved in
the project. He and colleagues just missed something critical.
edit on 7-1-2015 by mbkennel because: (no reason given)