President Franklin Delano Roosevelt And The Creation Of A Nuclear Bomb

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This extraordinary letter written by Albert Einstein to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was written on August 2nd, 1939 to inform the President on the potential plans of the creation of a nuclear bomb. The letter was an official document written by Einstein and mailed out to the white house in Washington D.C. During this time, World War Two was on the brink of being unleashed, and many physicists were studying the effects of Uranium in possible preparation for the war. Furthermore, Albert Einstein was in America working with other physicists on the puissant bomb during the time of the formation of this letter. Einstein letter is filled with multiple opinions and options to President Roosevelt, such as, the latest findings on uranium, his feelings towards the use of uranium, his ideas on having a “middle-man” between the physicists and government officials, and the lack of uranium ores on America. As Albert Einstein describes, “Certain aspects of the situation which has arisen seem to call for watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action on the part of the administration.”
President Roosevelt is given multiple options throughout the letter by Einstein on the idea of creating the nuclear bomb. To begin, Einstein informs the President about the work performed by E. Fermi and L. Szilard on the immense power of the element uranium. He goes on to explain that he believes it is his duty to make recommendations on the creation of a nuclear bomb using uranium, such as the…

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