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  • We are making the Atomic bomb, and I want you
  • I will do my best to help
  • Is this pile atomic pile safe?
  • It is perfectly fine, don't worry
  • "Oppenheimer first met Groves on October 8, on the Berkeley campus..." Groves tells Oppenheimer about the project and Oppenheimer wants to help.
  • "Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves stood together in a deep canyon in northern New Mexico." Grove and Oppenheimer choose a boys school in the distance of the canyon.
  • Enrico Fermi and Leslie Groves talk about the chain reaction and if the Chicago pile would be safe. "As long as the cadmium poles were in place, they would absorb the neutrons shooting out of the uranium. This, Fermi told Leslie Groves, would prevent a chain reaction from starting."
  • Groves comes up with a plan to halt the German bomb project. "The German-born physicist Hans Bethe even had an idea of what to do about it.'kidnapping Heisenberg,' said Bethe, 'would greatly limit the German project.' Groves considered the idea. Kidnapping was not part of his job description, but he was ready to do whatever it took to win this race."
  • Groves, Oppenheimer, and the rest of the team test the plutonium atomic bomb. "An enormous ball of fire...the whole country was lighted up by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun."
  • Groves commands Paul Tibbets to drop the bomb on Hiroshima first, then Nagasaki when the Japanese won't give in. "The bomb dropped out and fell toward the city...at an altitude of 1,900 feet above Hiroshima, the bomb's two pieces of uranium slammed together, setting off an explosive chain reaction." "Fat man exploded over the city of Nagasaki with the force of 22,000 tons of TNT."
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