The Unsung Merchant of death!

What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left but to abandon even the hope of truth and content ourselves instead with stories? In these stories, it doesn’t matter who the heroes are. All we want to know is: Who is to blame?

During World War II, mankind saw the worst conceivable repercussions of science and technology, and some were unlucky enough to survive with them in cold war.

During World War II, the United States launched bombing strikes on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945), marking the first use of atomic bombs in warfare. Tens of thousands of people were killed in the first blasts, and many more died subsequently from radiation illness. The bombs were the result of the Manhattan Project, a three-year, $2 billion top-secret project that was the biggest scientific endeavor at the time. On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb exploded in the Alamogordo Bombing Range, south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Within hours following the successful test, the United States began transporting atomic bomb components to Tinian, in the Mariana Islands.

The B-29 bomber Enola Gay took out from Tinian on August 6, 1945, and dropped a uranium gun-assembly bomb on Hiroshima. 70,000 people died instantaneously, and tens of thousands more died from radiation sickness within a year.

The B-29 Bockscar hung above its primary target of Kokura for some time on August 9, 1945, but the bombardier was unable to see his Aimpoint due to severe cloud cover. Bockscar then flew to Nagasaki and detonated a plutonium implosion bomb, killing an estimated 40,000 people instantaneously. Many thousands more would die later from the effects of radiation, as in Hiroshima. One day after the bombing of Nagasaki, on August 10, 1945, the Japanese government made a declaration accepting to surrender under the conditions of the Potsdam Declaration.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor. Many people believe that this was the incident that triggered President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to design the entire map of Manhattan…

According to history, the letter from Sir Albert Einstein to FDR also had an important influence.

I’ve remained a student of science I remain fascinated by it and all of my real heroes are scientists because I believe that science is the engine that pulls humanity forward i’ve been lucky to live in an age where scientific progress and technological progress seem not likely but inevitable

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.

Looking back on connecting the dots for this most heinous deed, when we look at the history for our war criminal, we are left with nothing because we were not given the knowledge of suitable history, that is where conspiracy theories originate, and this is one by your host Kavya Wadhwa,

It was a little-known Hungarian-born physicist.

Who came up with a key realization that made it possible

This is Leo Szilard’s story.

Scientists had just discovered the neutron…

Tiny particles inside the core or nucleus of atoms Holding items together

To release that energy will need to break the huge forces again and again with each atom

Leo became obsessed with the idea

Leo was suddenly struck by a thought what if you fired a neutron into an atom and broke it apart As well as releasing its energy

It might expel more neutrons which in turn could break more atoms

In a chain reaction Releasing explosive amounts of

This was a completely thrilling thought and a terrifying thought

Right away he was desperate to keep what he thought of as his brain strong out of German hands

In 1938 came a momentous discovery two German scientists had fired neutrons into uranium atoms and split them into what we now call nuclear fission this was the first step in getting chain reaction the idea of nazi’s developing an atom bomb

Leo Szilard joined the physics department of the medical college of saint Barthelemy’s

At the hospital he and British physicist T.H Chalmers developed the first method of separating isotopes in 1937 he accepted a post at Columbia University where he continued to work on a continuous chain reaction with Enrico fermi in 1939 he discussed the development of a sustained nuclear reaction with Albert einstein and drafted a letter to President Roosevelt recommended the development of the atomic bomb from 1942 to 1945 he worked with Enrico fermi at the university of Chicago to construct the first nuclear reactor he became a u.s citizen in 1943

In 1939 he conducted the first sustained nuclear chain reaction

Now living in New York he asked old friend Albert Einstein to sign a letter to president rules wealth convincing him the Germans were researching the means to build nuclear weapons and the US government should do the same the race to develop the atomic bomb was onn

Szilard worked at the University of Chicago with fellow physicist Enrico fermi who had also fled Europe with his Jewish wife and drafted the letter to president franklin Roosevelt persuaded him to develop the atomic bomb

Leo worked on the secret project

Achieving a chain reaction as the large had predicted US code-named the Manhattan project led by general Leslie groves

Creating a chain reaction, as anticipated by the big, was the Manhattan project, commanded by General Leslie Groves.

Einstein never mentioned in the letter that the United States needed to develop its own bomb; it was just as simple that Germany was developing one, and the core relied on URANIUM, so he or Leo Szilard, who actually wrote the letter to get this signed by Einstein, and the same scientist who incepted the whole catastrophic idea into Einstein’s head.

FDR assembled a team and declared a secret initiative called “The Manhattan Project.” J Robert Oppenheimer was a significant member of the team, as was another scientist named Leo. FDR never trusted Einstein in Germany since Einstein was born in the same country

Looking back and connecting the dots

The Manhattan Project featuring Leo Szilard made the bomb conceivable.

The Manhattan project was commissioned as a result of Einstein’s letter.

Leo planted the idea of Germans building a bomb in Einsten’s head.

Leo was the first to realize that nuclear fission may be utilized to destroy life.

Leo collaborated with Enrico Fermi on the first nuclear fission reactor, Chicago pile 1.

Leo was the one who discovered if neutrons were emitted during the fission process, which became a landmark in the development of destructive technologies.

Leo was the one who invented the first method of isotope separation, without which the bomb would not have been possible. Nuclear fission was not an option.

And there was no record of this individual in history, without whom the world would have been a safer place.

If your discovery, or a chain or series of discoveries, were to take the lives of millions of uninvited people, you would be furious, just as the pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima went insane after seeing the devastation, a normal man would die in stress and anxiety or pledge to surrender his life to peace, but you know what Leo did.

Another concept proposed by Leo Szilard was the Cobalt bomb.

A cobalt bomb, a sort of salted bomb, is a type of nuclear weapon first proposed by physicist Leó Szilárd, who claimed it could eliminate all life on Earth. The tamper would be constructed of conventional cobalt metal rather than a fissionable substance such as depleted uranium. Upon initiation and bombardment with neutron radiation, this would be transmuted into the isotope cobalt-60. As a result of its beta decay, 60Co is a highly powerful emitter of gamma rays and has historically been utilized for beneficial reasons in radiation treatment.

Although a cobalt bomb is not as powerful as an atomic bomb, the radiation fallout from a cobalt bomb may be worse.

It appears that Leo Szilard was a psychopath who wished to end people’s lives, a real bomb scientist, an unsung merchant of death

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