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Date: 11/29/12 03:15 PM

27 Responses to Famous Quote From J. Robert Oppenheimer

  1. Profile photo of Burton_Ian
    Burton_Ian Male 18-29
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    November 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    Link: Famous Quote From J. Robert Oppenheimer - For some reason, I was reminded of this quote today.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    November 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    I guess he and the other members of the manhatten project can be seen as the arms of shiva.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    November 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    I remeber that from when I first read it in college still scary/amazing he thought of such a fitting comment to the matter.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    With all great power comes great responsibility.
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    uatme Male 18-29
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    November 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    Its not only what he said, but how he said it
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    wendell Male 30-39
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    November 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    Tragic...
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    I`m sure he would rather have seen 100,000 dead Americans and 1,000,000 dead Japanese had we not had the bomb and instead had to invade the Japanese mainland. That would have been MUCH better.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    Rush: Manhattan Project Video

    A song about the Atomic Bomb... :-)
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    @OldOllie: Those numbers are way too low!
    300,000+ dead Americans. Some British and Australians too.
    2,000,000+ Japanese soldiers dead
    3-5,000,000 civilians too.

    And THAT is just taking all of the southernmost island, about 1/4 of Japan...

    Japan was prepared for invasion, had learned the best way to defend, didn`t care about soldiers surviving at all, had some <nasty> surprises in store for the Americans...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    "I suppose we all thought that one way or another"
    No. No I never thought about being the destroyer of worlds.
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    Ob1969 Male 40-49
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    November 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    We could have dropped it off over the ocean and simply said "Look over there, you`re next."
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    obhwfgirl Female 18-29
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    November 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    "We could have dropped it off over the ocean and simply said "Look over there, you`re next.""

    If that was true then why did it take two bombs instead of one before Japan surrendered?
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    November 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm
    As it happens, I just returned from a trip to Los Alamos three weeks ago. Visited the Manhattan Project site and two related museums. It was total nirvana, so to speak, for a physics and history buff like myself. Go, Oppie!
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    November 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    In reference to the bombing of Japan, the atomic bombs were not even the most deadly bombing raids. Fire bombing Tokyo did way more damage and killed far more people.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    "We could have dropped it off over the ocean and simply said "Look over there, you`re next."

    We did that. They didn`t believe we had such a bomb.
    So we bombed one city and they still wouldn`t surrender.
    So we had to bomb another.
    They already knew the war was lost, just a matter of how much time and how many of their people`s lives they were willing to sacrafice.
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    November 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    @Gerry1of1,
    Well said. Also, for our people to consider, how many American soldiers would have died in the process?
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    November 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    5Cats,
    Here`s another song:

    >http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/yrbv40ENU_o/...
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    Fancysucksss Male 18-29
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    November 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    It took 2 nukes before japan surrendered?? Jeez..tough lil buggers aren`t they. That could explain some of the weird poo coming out of their imaginations no?
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    November 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm
    Didn`t work. I`ll try again:Song?
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    November 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    Damn! Just click the top one that come`s up. You might get a kick out of his other stuff, too!
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    November 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    he saw the future of the human race changing for the worse, forever. And that there was nothing he could do about it... and he knew that he had changed it. that is a lot of guilt. he could see all the implications of it`s use.
    sure he d=saved millions in the short run, but in that same short run two entire cities were wiped out or the people were horribly burned.
    that would be hard to live with for anyone.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    It took 2 nukes before japan surrendered?? Jeez..tough lil buggers aren`t they. That could explain some of the weird poo coming out of their imaginations no?
    In some Eastern philosophies there are only three significant numbers: zero, one, and more than one. We had to show them that there was more than one. Only then did they realize we could bomb them again and again.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2012 at 12:17 am
    @broizfan: No tutorials at IAB :-P
    Click Link (it`s over there >>>)
    A box pops up, type what it is: Tom Lehrer`s Song
    Clock OK.
    Another box pops up. PASTE the URL of the linky here.
    Presto! NOTE: You cannot "quote" and "link" in the same post. Weird eh?

    Tom Lehrer`s Song

    It`s one thing to use an Atom Bomb, it`s quite another to have one used ON YOU (and your nation).

    The Japanese were working on the Bomb too! Their design likely would have worked, but they didn`t have NEARLY enough uranium. Never mind making "Weapons Grade" out of it!

    One might have been a fluke, two was proof that the USA had The Bomb AND was willing to use it.

    Luckily for all involved they surrendered! It was another 6 months before the next A-Bomb was ready...
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    Kain1 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2012 at 3:03 am
    That`s a bit ominous, don`t you think?...
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    bdowner60 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm
    Someone didn`t take there antidepressants this morning !!!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Tom Lehrer`s great.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    Luckily for all involved they surrendered! It was another 6 months before the next A-Bomb was ready...
    Actually, that isn`t true. The first bomb, Fat Man, was made with uranium-235, a rare isotope which was extremely difficult to separate from the more common uranium-238. The bomb design was simple, and we were fairly certain it would work, so it was never tested before it was dropped on Hiroshima. Had that been our only design, it would have taken several months to enrich enough bomb-grade uranium to build another.

    However, the second bomb, Little Boy, was a completely different design. It used plutonium-239 which could be produced in large quantities by bombarding common uranium-238 with slow neutrons. The design was much more complicated, though, so they tested it before they dropped one on Nagasaki.

    Had the war continued, we could have produced about one plutonium bomb per week. Fortunately, though, we didn`t have to.

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