Ages of the Atomic Bomb
By Kyle Zolkin
The atomic age started in 1939 when the two scientists, Albert Einstein and Leo Szliard proposed to the president of the United States of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the idea of creating a bomb of unprecedented power. The motive of the creation of the bomb was that Hitler in Germany was already working on the bomb that could kill thousands. Roosevelt agreed to start this is a secret cooperation called the Manhattan project.
Finally in 1945 the first atomic bomb was tested in New Mexico but by this time, Germany had already surrendered. But, the war against the Japanese was still raging on and on august 6th, 1945; the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and later a second on Nagasaki. According to Olav Njølstad, a Norwegian historian and biographer, “Five years later, as many as 340,000 people had died from the two explosions”. This was about 54% of the Japanese population at the time.
V After World War 2, the race for the best nuclear weapons began. After seeing the severity of the bomb, the Soviet Union had begun a secret atomic bomb program hoping to catch up to the U.S. Around 1950, president harry Truman decided to create a new type of nuclear weapon, a hydrogen bomb. The hydrogen bomb was over 1,000 times more powerful than the bombs used in World War 2 and was equivalent to 50 megatons of TNT. By 2003 8 countries, Russia, the U.S.A., China, the U.K., France, India, Israel, and Pakistan had acquired nuclear weapons of mass destruction. According to the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 only Russia, the U.S.A., China, the U.K., and France are allowed to have nuclear weapons. India, Israel, and Pakistan have not signed the NPT and shouldn’t have nuclear weapons.
The atomic ages haven’t ended yet. New weapons are created every day. The power of a nuclear weapon has a massive destructive potential and should we be in control of it?? These weapons are getting more and more powerful by the year and for...