The Manhattan Project produced the first atomic bombs for the US during World War II. For most American citizens, that’s all they know. Here are some of the conventional wisdoms. Designed and built in one place? No. An American project? Yes and no. Aimed at ending the war in the Pacific? No. Security was tight? Yes and no. It was easy? Definitely not. We knew the bombs would work. Yes and no. Could we have continued to drop atomic weapons on Japan? Yes and no. The Manhattan Project ended with the bombing of Japan. Officially, yes. We’ll take on these statements and cover the rest of the story.
We’ll also review the basic facts of the Manhattan Project, introduce the people, discuss the science and the special difficulties experienced by the men and women working on the project. While there were dozens of sites where work was done, we’ll talk mainly about the three locations where the majority of the work was done. Why did the US succeed with a task that has required decades for other nation-states to duplicate? After this talk, you’ll understand the ‘why’ of this question. No registration required.
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