Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

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  • Uranium might be used to build devastating bombs. Pg. 20
  • Eugene Wigner and Leo Szilard drove to Peconic to find Albert Einstein. They wanted him to write a letter to Franklin Roosevelt about starting an atomic bomb project. Pg. 19
  • Oh no!
  • "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." Pg. 20
  • Einstein visited with Wigner and Szilard, then the two men brought up the subject of the new discoveries of fission and uranium bombs. They wanted Einstein to be the man that wrote to the president, about the atomic bomb project because he was the world's most famous scientist. Pg. 20
  • "Einstein quickly realized that with the atomic bombs, Adolf Hitler would be absolutely unstoppable." "And Einstein was just as horrified as I was by that prospect," said Wigner. Einstein made the decision that he needed to do whatever he could to prevent Hitler from destroying the world, this forced him to write a letter to the president. Pg. 20
  • On August 2nd, 1939, Albert Einstein wrote the letter concerning the atomic bomb project to F.D. Roosevelt. Soon Roosevelt would receive the letter and visit with Alexander Sachs about what could be done about Germany and Adolf Hitler. Pg. 238
  • "Albert Einstein, who had first alerted President Roosevelt to the possibility of building atomic bombs, was deeply disturbed." "If successful, radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of technical possibilities," said Einstein. Pg. 232
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