Weapons of Mass Destruction

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The 20th century was hot zone for science and technology. There were many revolutionary breakthroughs that changed the world for ever. A lot of these breakthrough helped mankind such as: Willis Carrier inventing the air conditioner, the Wright Brother creating the first airplane, and the ever so popular television. Not all inventions were used for the advancement of the human species. A weapon with immense power was developed called the atomic bomb. In October 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt received a letter from physicist Albert Einstein and his partner Leo Szilard. This letter spoke of an unheard of power by using the forces of nuclear fission or splitting the atom. Thankfully the two scientists fled Nazi German to escape Hitler’s rule. If Adolf Hitler had have gain the power of a nuclear weapon, he most likely would have destroyed his enemies and rule the world and achieved his twisted dream. To avoid this nightmare, Einstein and Szilard urged the government of the United States to join the race for the atomic bomb. The president took them up on this offer and the next four years was devoted to secretly develop a super weapon. Code-named "The Manhattan Project," the effort eventually employed more than 200,000 workers and several thousands scientists and engineers, ironically most of European background. By the time the first bomb was tested the Nazis had already surrendered meaning that a threat of a German counter nuke was gone. The war in Japan was still at hand, so President Truman authorized the use of the bombs in order to force Japanese leadership into submission. On August 6 an atomic bomb with an explosive yield equivalent to 12.5 kilotons of the explosives TNT was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing some 70,000 of its inhabitants, with…...

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