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Famous Quote From J. Robert Oppenheimer

For some reason, I was reminded of this quote today.

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Famous Quote From J. Robert Oppenheimer. For some reason, I was reminded of this quote today.
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OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13358 Posts
Friday, November 30, 2012 10:19:07 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.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Friday, November 30, 2012 4:58:58 PM

Tom Lehrer's great.

bdowner60
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 488 Posts
Friday, November 30, 2012 4:16:23 PM
Someone didn't take there antidepressants this morning !!!

Kain1
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1463 Posts
Friday, November 30, 2012 3:03:08 AM
That's a bit ominous, don`t you think?...

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24380 Posts
Friday, November 30, 2012 12:17:01 AM
@broizfan: No tutorials at IAB
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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