Oppenheimer Essays

Was It Necessary to Drop the Atomic Bomb to End World War Ii_ Research

On the eve of World War II, scientists in Germany succeeded in splitting the nucleus of a uranium atom, releasing a huge amount of energy. Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt and warned him that Nazi Germany might be working to develop atomic weapons. FDR responded by giving his approval for an American program, later code-named the Manhattan Project, to develop the ultimate weapon: the atomic bomb. Harry Truman only learned of the new bomb’s existence when he became…

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