A new technology is developed

Maxwell Irvine

in Nuclear Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584970
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777875 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

A new technology is developed

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‘A new technology is developed’ explains the process of nuclear fission and charts the development of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. In August 1939 a letter to President Roosevelt drafted by Leo Szilard and signed by Albert Einstein stressed the danger that Germany might develop a weapon of enormous destructive capacity. By September 1941, the USA had been drawn into the war, and in 1942 the Allies' nuclear research was coordinated under the directorship of the American physicist Robert Oppenheimer. The resulting weapons destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and effectively brought the Second World War to an end.

Keywords: bomb; deuterium; diffusion; hydrogen; ridge; water

Chapter.  3076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nuclear Power and Engineering ; Nuclear Issues (Environmental Science)

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