Senior Division Research Paper
The Atomic Bomb
The Atomic Bomb is one of the deadliest weapons ever to be created. It has changed the history of the world. The atomic bomb would be the first weapon to bring together the world and shatter it altogether. In 1945, the only weapon that could destroy the world was built. This is the story of the history, creation, and innovation of the Atomic Bomb.
In 1905, Albert Einstein published his Theory of Relativity, or E=MC2. It states that energy equals mass times the velocity of light squared (Watson, para.1). This means that any mass is equal to a certain amount of energy. In 1921, two German scientists, …show more content…
A handful of nations went to work developing the theory and soon it became a race to see who could build the bomb first. England, Germany and the United States all began projects to develop weapons of mass destruction. In 1939, Albert Einstein was afraid that Nazi Germany would create the Atom Bomb. Albert sent a letter to President Franklin D Roosevelt, stating that Germany was at work with Atom Bombs. He also stated in the letter that is was okay with the Americans to use his Theory of Relativity to be used in the making of the atom bomb. Part of the letter states "In the course of the last four months it has been made probable through the work of Joliot in France as well as Fermi and Szilard in America-that it may become possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium, by which vast amounts of power and large quantities of new radium-like elements would be generated. Now it appears this could be achieved in the immediate future". (Fromm. Par. 36). “The United States has only very poor ores of uranium in moderate quantities. There is some good ore in Canada and the former Czechoslovakia, while the most important source of uranium is the Belgian Congo (Einstein Para 5). This is implying Einstein is allowing America to use his theory of …show more content…
I.I Rabi, a physicist with the Manhattan Project stated, “We were lying there, very tense, in the early dawn, and there were just a few streaks of gold in the east, you could see your neighbor very dimly. Suddenly there was an enormous flash of light, the brightest light I have ever seen or that I think anyone has ever seen. It blasted; it pounced; it bored its way right through you. It was a vision in which was seen with more than the eye. It was seen to last forever. You wish it would stop; altogether it lasted two seconds. Finally it was over, diminishing, and we looked at the place where the bomb had been; there was an enormous ball of fire which grew and grew and it rolled as it grew; it went up into the air; in yellow flashes and into scarlet and green. It looked menacing. It seems to come toward one. A new thing had just been born; a new control; a new understanding of man, which man had acquired over nature” (Roleff, pg. 12). The atom bomb had tremendous energy, which would turn it into the world’s most dangerous