The World 's Understanding Of Science And Technology

1997 Words Dec 15th, 2016 8 Pages
Chris Welch
Period 9
Research Proposal It is widely-known that the Manhattan Project had profound implications on the world’s understanding of science and technology through the development of the first two atomic bombs which effectively ended World War 2 in 1945. However, this singular event in American history has been the focus of a major ethical dilemma for decades as well as having a legacy fraught with conflict and regret. That was what I wanted to explore in my research. I wanted to discover how the legacy of the Manhattan Project has influenced the current state of affairs in the world as well as the specific effects the project had on the world’s understanding of science and weaponry. Additionally, I set out to discover, not only how the scientists felt about their involvement in such a controversial event, but also the difference in perspective between the American public and the Japanese.
The theoretical basis for the Project began in 1939 when the world’s scientific community learned that Nazi Germany had gained an understanding of the secrets of splitting a uranium atom. Albert Einstein quickly decided to use his influence and stature to propose the military potential of an uncontrolled atomic chain reaction as well as increased research into atomic energy to President FDR. Although America’s understanding of nuclear energy had increased greatly in the years leading up to the Project through the development of things such as Enrico Fermi’s nuclear reactor,…
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