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May 6, 1945 May 9, 1945
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“My two great loves are physics and New Mexico. It is a pity that they can’t be combined” , Oppenheimer, 1929 “it was evening when we came to the river/ that we had lost in the mountains, forgotten,/ what with the cold and the sweating / and the ranges barring the sky”, Oppenheimer, 1928 “It was as if he were aiming at initiating his audience into Nature’s divine mysteries”, Abraham Pais on an Oppenheimer lecture
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Little Boy and Fat Man Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 Hiroshima blast and fire damage, U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey map General Groves: “If this this weapon fizzles each of you can look forward to a lifetime of testifying before congressional investigating committees”
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190.000 workers (Los Alamos, 2.000; 8 Nobel Prizes) 1250 ton of uranium ore from Belgian Congo $2 billion (Los Alamos, 4% of the budget) Stone & Webster; Eastman Kodak, Westinghouse, General Electric, Chrysler, DuPont… ”The whole country into a factory”
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Oak Oak Ridge – Uranium Separation 54.000 acres; 20.000 construction workers; 268
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  • Summer '13
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  • Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Uranium Separation

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