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First Midterm Examination (Take-Home) History/Philosophy 260 Fall Term, 2016 Please write an essay in response to one of the following questions. Make sure your essay contains an argument. Your essay should be between 800-1000 words in length (about 3-4 pages), double-spaced, and in 12-point font. Please give the word count at the end of the essay. 1). Was the U.S. decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified? Consider the military, political, scientific, and moralarguments which have been raised by both apologists and critics of thedecision. Give special consideration to the positions taken by leading scientists before, during, and after the war to the question of the bomb. 2). We have discussed at least two modes of doing physics: the “European-philosophical” mode, which was prevalent before the Second World War; and the mode American-style “Big Science” that dominated practice after the war. Compare and contrast these two
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