June 3, 2016
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA Brass opposed bomb The commentary on the 1945 debate about whether to use atomic bombs to end World War II perpetuates the fiction that "within government circles, there was little question that the bomb should be used" ("The momentous decision to use atomic bombs," Friday). Many prominent military leaders strenuously objected to using the weapon: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said that dropping the bomb was "completely unnecessary . . . as a measure to save American lives.
May 28, 2016
By Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin President Obama's visit to Hiroshima Friday will rekindle debate about the dropping of the first atomic bomb. More than a few people will wonder how the decision was reached. "No acceptable alternative" was the pronouncement of four eminent physicists in 1945 that made its way to the desk of Harry Truman. This scientific panel was composed of Enrico Fermi, Arthur Compton, Ernest Lawrence - all Nobel Prize winners - and, of course, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
October 14, 2015 |
There is something deeply perverse about Manhattan , cable channel WGN's well-executed, edge-of-your-seat drama that returns for its second season at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Writer-producer Sam Shaw's series is an espionage thriller/domestic melodrama posing as historical epic. It's a fictionalized story of the scientists at Los Alamos, N.M., who developed the A-bomb during WWII. Manhattan is an overwrought, overripe piece of pulp fiction stuffed with overboiled intrigue.
August 3, 2015 |
HIROSHIMA, Japan - At 8:15 a.m. local time, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 1945, Little Boy exploded above that country's 10th-largest city, flattening it with the force of 15,000 tons of TNT. So dawned Day One of the Nuclear Age. Coming up on the 70th anniversary, we stood as tourists in Hiroshima, my wife and I, just yards from ground zero for the first atomic bomb - one of two ever to be used in warfare, with the second dropped three days later on Nagasaki....
June 19, 2015 |
THE CONTROVERSIAL parcel of land for which the Nutter administration wants to pay more than $7.2 million was once the site of a scrap-metal firm that dismantled a ship exposed to atomic-bomb tests in the Marshall Islands after World War II, the Daily News has learned. The USS Niagara, a wartime naval-transport ship, in July 1946 became a "target ship" in Operation Crossroads, in which the U.S. conducted atomic-bomb tests "using nuclear devices very similar to the one dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945," according to a document obtained from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
July 22, 2013 |
Dr. Rubby Sherr, 99, a Princeton University physics professor who helped develop the atomic bomb and witnessed its first test, died Monday, July 8, at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford, where he lived since 1998. The test took place near Alamogordo, N.M., on July 16, 1945. The United States dropped the first atomic bomb in wartime, over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. "His major contribution," son-in-law Robert Hess said, was "the portion of the device positioned at the center of the bomb, designed to spread the nuclear chain reaction rapidly throughout the fissile plutonium material.
August 14, 2011 |
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The poster's hush-hush tone said it all: "What you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here. " Here in the rolling hills of eastern Tennessee, America built one of three secret cities that developed the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to Japan's surrender on Aug. 14, 1945, and bringing an end to World War II. The city, now called Oak Ridge, once was home to 75,000 people, yet it did not appear on any map. Visitors could get into the town only through gated entrances.
June 4, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Goalkeepers seem to enjoy a new soccer ball about as much as they enjoy defending a penalty kick. A new ball is always too light, too unpredictable, the wrong color, and what was the problem with the old one, anyway? This summer's latest edition - the Jabulani, created by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup - has recently been called all sorts of bad names by the stars preparing to use it. The most contemptuous review came from Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who told the press: "It's terrible, horrible.
May 21, 2008 |
Harrison Ford may be 65, but not to worry - it's clear in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" that his stuntman is only 25. In the first few minutes alone, Indy dodges a thousand bullets, swings from the rafters via his famous rawhide whip, and outruns the shock wave from an atom bomb. The year is 1957, the bomb is a military test in New Mexico, and none of this is by happenstance. Steven Spielberg has come to praise Indiana Jones and also to bury him, and so he positions Indy's swan song in the mid-1950s - the moment when the United States made the pivot from a nation that built its mythology around a heroic past to a nation whose atomic age imagination was fixed on the future.
February 17, 2007 |
Francis E. Low, 85, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist and provost whose life included work on the atomic bomb, a passion for music, and a stint as an Army mule driver, died of heart failure yesterday at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford. As provost from 1980 to 1985, Dr. Low established a viable role for the humanities at MIT, his daughter Margaret Low Smith said. He encouraged liberal arts courses for the engineering, mathematics and science students, she said, and believed physicists could also be philosophers.