The Atomic Bomb

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The beginnings of the Nuclear Age started when Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt warning him of a dangerous weapon the Nazis had begun researching, known as the atomic bomb. (1) Though, when President Roosevelt first read this letter, he was too preoccupied with events in Europe to be bothered with such ideas. He at the time did not take the creation of such weapon to seriously, nor did he believe America had the resources for such a task. (2) Finally, on October 19, 1939 President Roosevelt wrote back to Einstein stating that the United States had begun to research the power of uranium. (2) With the help of the British, whom reluctantly gave the United States leadership on this project, in June of 1942 the Manhattan Project had begun, though most of the world had no idea that this was even happening, not even Vice President Truman. (2) The Manhattan Project was created with the simple suppose of creating an atomic bomb before Nazi German. When the Project arose the research was done in three different colleges, Columbia University, the University of Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley. It wasn’t until a breakthrough in December 1942 when a man named Fermi led a group of physicists to create the first controlled nuclear chain reaction. After this breakthrough there were nuclear facilities built to allow for a much deeper research ability. The main building, and the most famous, was the one at Los Alamos, New Mexico. The Manhattan Project…

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