Nuclear Testing Risks Societal Fallout

On August 6, 1945, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 dropped a newly invented bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing perhaps as many as 70,000 civilians and 20,000 soldiers. The new weapon was called an atomic bomb. It marked a milestone in modern science, which had recently discovered the inner workings of the atom. Tampering with the atom’s “nuclear” forces unleashed destructive power.

The atom has a long history. The ancient Greek philosopher Leucippus and his student...

 

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This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #49, Summer 2019 Copyright © 2019 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo49/the-atomic-family