"But of what avail is this knowledge [of the atom] if we use it to destroy cities and people, to devastate the countryside
It seemed the bombs had been worth it, saving countless American (and Japanese) lives, seeing that a major invasion of the Japanese home islands was no longer needed. But was the A-bomb truly decisive in convincing the Japanese to surrender?
A little over 70 years ago, Paul Olum stood with his colleagues in the desert near Alamogordo, NM. They had spent the last few years designing the first atomic bomb. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, World War II was over -- and Paul Olum became a lifelong advocate of nuclear arms control and disarmament.
Earlier this week, world powers joined forces to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program. But 70 years ago, the rush to
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The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.
From his work on the Manhattan Project to the key role he played in explaining the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Richard
Aerial view of the plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee Driving to Oak Ridge, I passed through the adjacent town of Clinton and
A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.
While occasionally throwing in flimsy references to the increasingly inflammatory ruling class/workers condition, the flamenco
I felt slightly nauseated and, being the only American there, tremendously self-conscious. But the Japanese smiled, were incredibly polite as is their nature. I could detect no outward hostility. I smiled back, sheepishly, but I sure felt guilty inside.