Einstein and the Manhattan Project
Cody Holmberg
Kevin Carlston
Mr. Schmit 901, 902, 904


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1905: E=mc2 is first proposed by Albert Einstein. This proposal first kicks off the entire world onto the idea of nuclear power and how to get tons of energy out of a small amount of matter. While no one is yet drawing up schematics for an atomic bomb the entire world and more importantly the world powers are intrigued by its limitless possibilities. It is because of this equation that the world powers first started experimenting with nuclear power.
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1934: On August 2nd Leo Szilard wrote a letter to President F.D Roosevelt concerning the research of Nuclear Energy. Leo Szilard had been doing research on the plausibility of the atomic bomb and had come to realize that the Germans were doing similar research with uranium. He knew he had to to something so he wrote this letter and convinced Albert Einstein to sign it in order to gain some social standing in the matter. Albert Einstein recognized the threat of the Germans in this matter and was compelled to sign the letter however he never intended for the bomb to be used he wanted only the existence of one to be used as a scare ultimatum.

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1939: The build of the atomic bomb begins. While Albert Einstein did a tiny bit of work on one of the concepts of the atomic bomb he only spent two days on it and that was the only part he was included in. This is mainly due to his views on war. He was largely revered as a pacifist and because of this other members of the manhattan project did not trust him enough to keep it a secret. Even though he started the whole project basically he was unable to know about the specifics of the manhattan project.
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1945: The atomic bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima. It completely destroyed the city and most of its inhabitants. This was a huge demonstration of our new found power. This day was Albert Einstein's deepest regret.

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The years that followed: Albert Einstein lived with regret after the bomb was dropped he was quoted that, "I made one great mistake in my life... when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification - the danger that the Germans would make them." He lived with this regret until the day that he died. Through countless interview he was haunted by the questions directed at him.....the father of the atomic bomb.

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