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Technology is a great thing it aids man in the exploration of the universe and himself But there are times when technology can be the greatest downfall of man One such time was when the creation of the nuclear bomb Which was to be used in the Was in efforts to end it In 1939 a group of scientists including Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt to warn of the Nazis effort to purify Uranium-235 which would be used in the creation of a bomb of mass-destruction This prompted the president to create the Manhattan Project the code-name for a top-secret project which would put the worlds most brilliant scientists together to create a bomb In 1942 General Leslie Grove was chosen to lead the project He purchased a site at Oak Ridge Tenn For facilities to work on extracting Uranium 235 For the next 3 years nearly 200000 people working in 40 factories worked 6 days a week usually for 18 hour days in order to finish the project In 1945 President Truman had received some unsettling news the bombs had been finished 3 bombs had been produced and it was time to test them to see if they had been successful in creating a nuclear weapon The government had chosen a site in New Mexico called the Trinity Testing Site in Alamogordo On July 16th They conducted the first Nuclear Bomb testing They had proved that the bombs were usable now the had to decide whether or not to drop the bomb The scientists who created the bomb started to realize that the had created something that would change the world as they knew it The began to urge the president not to drop the bomb in Japan but instead to show Japanese officials what would happen if the bomb was to be dropped on their country Truman was against this because he had no idea if the other two
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