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Albert Einstein Quotes and Quotations
Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz. German-American physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Einstein, why is it that when the mind of man has stretched so far as to discover the structure of the atom we have been unable to devise the political means to keep the atom from destroying us? It is because politics is more difficult than physics. Often in evolutionary processes a species must adapt to new conditions in order to survive. Today the atomic bomb has altered profoundly the nature of the world as we know it, and the human race consequently finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking.
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Roosevelt that would help bring the US into the nuclear arms race and change the course of history. Einstein was already in the US, having fled Germany when the Nazis came to power, and learned that German scientists had discovered nuclear fission, the process of splitting an atom's nucleus to release energy. The letter warned Roosevelt that "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" could be created in light of this discovery — and that these bombs would be capable of destroying entire ports and their surrounding areas. Read more: 'The most intimidating minute I have ever spent': The first nuclear weapon test was 74 years ago — here's what it was like to watch the 'shocking' explosion. The letter — which Einstein would later call his "one great mistake" — urged Roosevelt to speed up uranium research in the US. Einstein's warnings were read to Roosevelt by a man named Alexander Sachs, who also read out other warnings about such a bomb to the president, The New York Times reported at the time. Roosevelt said, "Alex, what you are after is to see that the Nazis don't blow us up.
All rights reserved. In essence, he discovered that energy and mass are interchangeable, setting the stage for nuclear power—and atomic weapons. Now, more than seven decades since nuclear explosions ripped through Hiroshima and Nagasaki, United Nations member states are negotiating the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons worldwide. And by , he had became convinced that German scientists might be using current scientific developments to develop an atomic weapon. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When they told him about the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction, Einstein was shocked at the danger posed by his special theory of relativity.
Part of the Einstein exhibition. In , three chemists working in a laboratory in Berlin made a discovery that would alter the course of history: they split the uranium atom. The energy released when this splitting, or fission, occurs is tremendous--enough to power a bomb. But before such a weapon could be built, numerous technical problems had to be overcome. When Einstein learned that the Germans might succeed in solving these problems, he wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt with his concerns.