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When the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan and then another on Nagasaki in 1945 the world began to change in many ways The initial reaction to this deadliest of all weapons was one of great fear but this was not the only reaction Atomic energy was the most powerful source of energy man had harnessed to date The five years following the dropping of the atomic bombs were a confusing time when people didnt know what to think of the fact that atomic energy had been harnessed In Life magazines December 2 1946 article it was iterated that humankind had discovered a great tool like fire in discovering atomic energy Peacetime 97 At first this new fire was theorized to be able to completely revolutionize a persons everyday lifestyle Much of this was initial hype but some of the initial predictions held great truth Atomic energy could destroy the human race and it could also be used to improve the human race Fire was once guilty of contributing to the destruction of the human race when it burnt the forests they lived in Peacetime 97 Fire was then discovered to be an extremely useful tool when controlled Fire could burn people but it could also be used to keep people warm allowed humans to endure new climates and sanitized food when it was used for cooking Atomic energy was mankinds new fire Peacetime 97 Mankind had already been burned by the atomic bomb and hopefully had already learned their lesson Now it was time to put this new energy to use in ways that would improve not destroy society At first the improvement atomic energy was to make on society was blown out of proportion It was theorized that atomic energy would completely revolutionize a persons everyday lifestyle by being part of it According to Paul Boyer in his book By the Bombs Early Light initial theories said that cars household
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