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"The Manhattan Project of 1940-45 brought together finest minds of the Allied countries to produce the first nuclear weapon. They succeeded, and knocked Japan out of the war, but left the shadow of nuclear death over mankind to this day."
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The Manhattan Project effectively started with a letter from two famous scientists to President Roosevelt in 1939, whom they warned of the possibility of nuclear weapons being developed by Germany. They were ...?
Oppenheimer and Feynmann
Einstein and Bohr
Einstein and Szilard
Rutherford and Bohr
The Manhattan Project would not have come to fruition without an exceedingly able leader. In overall command was a Army General. What was his name?
"Vinegar Joe" Stillwell.
Probably the General's wisest decision was to pick a theoretical physicist with little practical engineering experience as overall scientific leader of the Manhattan Project. Who was it?
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Nuclear explosives require suitable fissile fuel, an excess of neutrons to sustain a chain reaction, and a sufficient mass to sustain fission of most of the available fuel. This mass is called what?
Only two elements were fissile (i.e. broke into two roughly equal daughter nuclei) with thermal (i.e. slow) neutrons and produced one or more further neutrons to sustain the chain reaction. These were ...?
Uranium 235 and Plutonium 239
Uranium 239 and Thorium 233
Uranium 238 and Plutonium 238
Plutonium 238 and Thorium 233
The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was conducted at the University of Chicago in 1942 by the great Enrico Fermi, using Uranium 238 and neutron moderating or slowing by graphite. In what building was this first "atomic pile" located?
To achieve nuclear detonation it is necessary to assemble the required mass in microseconds before the developing chain reaction blows the components apart. What two methods were employed?
Gun and explosion
Compression and explosion
Gun and implosion
Compression and detonation
Most of the theoretical work on the atomic bomb, and all of the final assembly, was conducted at a secret site in New Mexico where a whole town was erected in secret around a former boys' school. What is the name of the place?
After the first nuclear explosion at 5:30 AM on July 16th 1945, at the so-called Trinity site, the erudite Robert Oppenheimer was reminded of the following quotation:
Now we are all sons of bitches!
I am become Death, the Shatterer of Worlds
Don't expect to die a natural death!
I saw a pale horse, and its rider was named Death
The Manhattan Project came to fruition with two nuclear blasts on the Japanese homeland at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.These blasts finished WWII, at a heavy cost in human life. What were the names of the B29 bombers which dropped the first nuclear bombs?
The Great Artiste and Glamourous Glennis
Nostromo and Sulaco
Memphis Belle and G for George
Enola Gay and Bock's Car
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Compiled Feb 03 13