Leo Szilard And The Atomic Bomb



You are driving along, you stop at a red light, you are probably thinking about what you will have for dinner, but while Dr. Leo Szilard was stopped at a red light he came up with an idea that would destroy two cities, kill hundreds of thousands of people, shock the world and make history - the atomic bomb. One hundred thousand people worked to build the atomic bomb, it killed over 130,000 people in one day at Hiroshima. Dr. Leo Szilard gave birth in his mind to the atomic bomb while sitting at a red light in September 1933, at the South Hampton Row intersection in London. His professor Dr. Albert Einstein had admired Szilard as a genius "rich in ideas". As the red light changed it ...

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the making of the atomic bomb. April 24, 1939 physicist Paul Harteck and Lord Rutherford wrote to Hitler's war office telling him about the newest development in nuclear physics. Professor Hans Geiger co-inventor of the Geiger counter was shown this letter. In June of that year Geiger's close associates published an article describing a possible way to produce a chain reaction and a "uranium machine". Export of uranium was banned in Germany as a result of this article. Szilard and scientist Wigner figured the Germans knew much more than they were saying and believed the United States government wasn't even in the race. They went to Albert Einstein to see if they could get the U.S. government interested. Einstein was reluctant so Szilard went to another old friend a politician Gustaw Stulper who then introduced them to Dr. Alexander Sachs and economist who knew his way around Washington. Einstein helped them by writing a letter which Sachs personally delivered to President F.D.R. ...

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