The Aftermath of World War Two Essay

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The Aftermath of World War II

Some people argue that faith and reason are two completely unrelated concepts. This statement could not be further from the truth. Both faith and reason separate man from animal. Man possesses the ability to think his way through obstacles. When a situation appears too great for logic, faith brings man to the next level. During World War II faith and reason worked side by side. Politicians and military leaders employed reason to break down and destroy the enemy. The soldiers on the front lines and the civilians back home tapped into their faith to see them through the turmoil around them. Following World War II faith and reason continued their importance. In order to end the war, the United
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Frisch reported his findings to Niels Bohr; a Nobel Prize winning scientist whom was just leaving Denmark to lecture at Princeton University. A Hungarian scientist named Leo Szilard was especially interested in the new experiments involving nuclear fission. He had earlier hypothesized that fission could produce a "self sustaining chain reaction" which would produce huge amounts of energy. Szilard, a refugee from Nazism decided that Hitler must not develop this technology. He requested the help of fellow refugee, Albert Einstein to illustrate his concern to President Truman. Einstein’s letter to Truman said, "This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable—though much less certain—that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may be constructed" Thus began what became know as the "Manhattan Project." This was the code name for the development of the first atomic bomb. (The Fall of Japan, 20)

Once this technology was finally developed, the scientific community was up in arms. On June11, 1945, the Franck Report was published. A panel of seven scientists at the University of Chicago compiled this document. They offered the idea of testing the bomb "before the eyes of representatives of all United Nations, on the desert or a barren island" ("Atomic Bomb: Decision"). On July 3, 1945, Szilard published a petition against the use of the atomic bomb. He asked President Truman, "to rule that the United States

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