"If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not
the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them.
These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly
killed every last inhabitant of Persia."( Rezendes, V. S.) Since its first conception Nuclear weapons have proven that they are the most destructive technology ever developed. From the first day fission was discovered in 1938, the problem of controlling this new technology at the time has been of central importance to the human race, maybe even our very own survival depends on it.
When this new technology was discovered it was like something out of a very scary science fiction novel. "The world in which this discovery was made was - convulsed by war, paranoia, and totalitarian cruelty - made the translation of theoretical possibility into actuality inevitable." (Schwartz, Stephen) We as the human race have been very fortunate. The world has been fortunate in the extreme that their only role so far has been to close the worst chapter in the history of war, instead of opening a new one. To open a new chapter would be like opening Pandora's Box.
It's known throughout history that mankind has managed to create things through science the helps us in our every day lives and then there are those things in which we create that can destroy ourselves. There's no questioning the fact that the development of nuclear weapons has been one application of nuclear science that has had without a doubt a significant global influence. Following their own scientific studies and experimentation of fission products of uranium Hahn and Strassmann began their progress of a uranium fission weapons in 1938 which later became possible for other nuclear scientists. It was Albert Einstein who signed a letter to Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, and alerted him to the potential development of a nuclear weapon. Thus... [continues]
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