Manhattan Project Analysis

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Manhattan Project and The Analysis of Atomic Explosions History is defined as some event that has happened in the past with having a impact in some area on Earth. Without history people would not be able to learn from their past mistakes and continue on with life. This learning from our mistakes can change what people do or how people do different things. In history we have learned that war can cause many new jobs for people, but with war so many lives are lost. We have learned from many different wars that the benefit of having more jobs does not outweigh the loss of life they have experienced. At the end of World War II the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The way these bombs were created and discovered …show more content…
This project started after Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman, of Germany, discovered nuclear fission (Reed, 2011). Nuclear fission is the splitting of atomic nuclei with very precise calculations into plutonium or uranium. The United States did not want Germany to gain so much power from the bomb, so they raced for the creation of the first atomic bomb. Oppenheimer had the Los Alamos Laboratories built to hold his calculations of the atomic bomb, as well as do some small scale tests. He hired over three thousand physicists to come and help him discover the way that they could control when the splitting of an atom would occur. All of the physicists on the Manhattan Project all helped provide vital information for the creation of the atomic bomb (Arnesen E. 2013). They even helped in the development of the very first nuclear explosion at Alamogordo on July 16,1945. His creation of the atomic bomb was not meant to be used for the death of many people, all Robert Oppenheimer wanted to do was to create the atomic weapon faster than Germany. He had no intent of using the bomb on any other country. Oppenheimer was happy with his work of the atomic bomb until seeing the devastation it brought among so many people. Right after the bombs were …show more content…
The quote by J . Robert Oppenheimer's sense of dread which led him to "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. Remembrance bells will ring in the cities whose destruction has become synonymous with atomic nightmare (WELLINGTON, D. L. 2014).” Although the country of Japan was affected by the atomic bombs, they were not the only people to be affected. In the city of Los Alamos, where the construction of the atomic bomb started, people as well as the community was all affected. The laboratory took up much of the land in Los Alamos. Many people were given the opportunity to work at the laboratory, but the focus on Hiroshima and Nagasaki takes away the emphasis on New Mexico. The people did not know that they were being affected by the laboratory. What was happening on the inside of the laboratory was kept secret from the town. The only information that was given about the project in the Los Alamos laboratories was the name, Manhattan Project. The government said they were following all of the rules that were applied to keep the people safe. They only stored the specified amount of plutonium and uranium in the laboratory, it was preferred that the storage of plutonium was less than the limit. This amount of plutonium being stored caused the New Mexico people to have effects of plutonium. The people who are affected by radiation in New Mexico are called

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