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Explosives were the love of chemist Alfred Nobels life He managed to blow up his laboratory several times Even the death of his brother in an accidental explosion did not deter him from continuing his quest for the ultimate explosive His crowning achievement was dynamite invented in 1866 Subsequently dynamite became the weapon of choice in many wars to follow especially in the World Wars of 1914-1919 and 1940-1945 In 1905 Albert Einstein made his famous proclamation Emc2 This little formula states that tiny bits of matter can be converted into enormous quantities of energy A whole world war went by but this formula was not found to be useful Technologies used in WW-I were amazing by standards of those times Motorized transports could whiz personnel over not-too-rugged terrain Tanks were invented for travel trample and shoot over more hostile territories Machine guns made killing faster Submarines called U-boats equipped with torpedoes were horrific sinking machines on the ocean On land bombs and poison gas proved effective annhilants Wireless telegraphy sent messages far and quick In effect the needs of war were the mother of invention and engineers created machines gizmos and techniques to outfox the enemy No one however got to use the promises of Einsteins equation Dr Einstein never quite figured out how to convert matter to energy but Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard did If history had taken a different course the fruits of this equation may have first led to the development of atomic energy and not the bomb Soon after Fermi and Szilards realized how to sustain a nuclear reaction another war was brewing Around 1939 Hitler was actively carrying out his promises of expanding the Deutschland and exterminating the undesirables In his most significant contribution to the cause of destruction Dr Einstein forsake his longstanding and deeply belief in pacifism and wrote to President Franklin D Roosevelt In a letter signed solely by him Einstein
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