Einstein

Einstein

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  • Einstein relaxing at his cabin before the news of fission from the Hungarian men. "Albert Einstein stood on the porch of his rented cottage, looking cool, tan, and relaxed in loose pants, a T-shirt, and slippers. His famous mane of white hair was windswept from a morning of sailing on Long Island Sound. He welcomed the weary Hungarians, inviting them to sit down and have some iced tea." (Sheinkin 20)
  • Szilard and Wigner talking to Einstein about the discovery of fission. "After a few minutes of small talk, Szilard and Wigner brought up the subject they'd come to discuss. They told Einstein about the newest discoveries in fission and explained how uranium might be used to build devastating bombs.(Sheinkin 20)
  • One day man will release and control its almost infinite power. We cannot prevent him from doing so and can only hope that he will not use it exclusively in blowing up his next-door neighbor.Einstein.
  • Einstein realizing the dangers of the atomic bomb if Nazi's were to get hold of the information and build the bomb and started writing the paper to the president. "Einstein quickly realized that with atomic bombs, Adolf Hitler would be absolutely unstoppable. "And Einstein was just as horrified as I was by that prospect," Wigner recalled. "He volunteered to do whatever he could to prevent it"... He took notes as Szilard and Einstein worked out the text of a letter to President Roosevelt." (Sheinkin 20)
  • Alexander rushing through the White House as he has to deliver the letter Albert Einstein wrote to make sure it can be addressed by the president. "... Alexander Sachs showed his ID to security guards outside the White House. He walked into the building with Albert Einstein's letter in his briefcase... he could get Einstein's letter directly into Roosevelt's hands." (Sheinkin 20-21)
  • The letter Albert Einstein Szilard and Wigner worked on trying to convince the president's idea in involvement in the start of the Manhattan project. (Einstein's letter above 21)
  • FDR realizing the U.S. needs to take action in the building of the atomic bomb which is why the Manhattan project began in the first place and why Einstein is an important part of the Manhattan Project. "This was a chilling clue-the Germans were grabbing all the uranium they could get. Why? Were they already working on a bomb? Roosevelt thought for a moment. "Alex,"he began, "what you are after is to see that the Nazis don't blow us up." "Precisely."Roosevelt nodded. He banged his desk, and said, "This requires action!"
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