The Atom Bomb: The Invention Of The Atomic Bomb

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When the atom bomb was invented by the United States the people believed that it would be a savior to the war that was occurring, but fate would have the bomb be a global phenomenon as the world stood in awe of its catastrophic power. Having such a weapon that would most certainly win the war for your country was an amazing thought, and of course many country’s believed that too, which inevitably led to the cold war. What were to follow was a race to develop these bombs many of the world’s leading chemists worked hands on, it also led to many advancements in other fields of science. The invention of the atomic bomb and its use are they justified, they have definitely left their mark on human history and are here to stay. First …show more content…
At the time living in fear of Germany possibly taking his idea and put it to us, he decided that it was best to patent this theory so Germany couldn’t get their hands on it. In December 1938 German scientists split the uranium atom they had also theorized a similar idea or if not the same. By now Szilard believed the race was on for the atomic bomb. He had moved to the United States, and he felt the U.S. must build the a-bomb before the Nazis made their own atomic bomb. He wrote a letter to Franklin Roosevelt explaining how if Germany were to make the bomb first it would not be good for the world which led to the beginning of the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project costed the U.S. 20 billion dollars during the duration of the project. Many of the world 's leading …show more content…
The first bomb was tested in Los Almos, Texas and it was beautiful. On august 6, 1945 the first ever bomb was detonated on civilians in Hiroshima, only two days later the second bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. What were to follow would be the death of more that 220,000 people and later those who didn’t die instantly would die due to radiation of fallout. Inevitably ending World War 2, many people didn’t think this was such a necessary move on the United States part, it is something that’s still being debated in today’s present. What a nuclear bomb can do is truly devastating and also completely amazing it has reached a pinnacle of human reaseching and development. Now the point of a nuclear weapon is to kill everything in its blast radius, but that’s now always the case the fallout left behind would create so much radiation that live would be unlivable. As President Eisenhower once said, “You can not have this kind of war there just isn’t enough bulldozers to scrape of the bodies of the street”. Nuclear bombs are measured in megatons of TNT, the strongest nuclear bomb detonated by the U.S. was Castle Bravo coming in at 15 megatons after 3 seconds of explosion

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