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The Development of the Atomic Bomb In 1945 the United States made a decision that forever changed the face of warfare on this planet That decision was to drop the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan The Atomic Bomb was and still is the most feared weapon any nation could possess Luckily we currently live in a society where we do not constantly fear being caught in an atomic explosion However that was not always the case In all reality Hitler played a major role in the development of the Atomic Bomb It was his belief that Germans were better than Jews which provoked one of the greatest minds in our history Albert Einstein to leave Germany Einstein who was a Jew had enough money to leave Germany Once in America Einstein renounced his former pacifist stance in the face of the huge threat to humankind posed by the Nazis in Germany When Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity Einstein asserted that matter mass and energy were two forms of the same thing According to Einstein if somehow we could transform mass into energy it would be possible to liberate huge amounts of energy However a theory is only a theory until it is proven During the next decade a major step was taken in proving the theory of relativity when Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr described the structure of an atom more precisely An atom consists of they said a positively charged core the nucleus and negatively charged electrons that revolve around the nucleus It was the nucleus scientists concluded that had to be broken or exploded if atomic energy was to be liberated In 1934 Enrico Fermi of Italy disintegrated heavy atoms by spraying them with neutrons However
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