This section provides an overview of the history of the Manhattan Project, the key organizations involved, the science behind the bomb, and more.
Soon after the Interim Committee concluded that the atomic bomb should be used as soon as possible against Japan, a group of scientists led by physicist James Franck founded a committee to study the question of the bomb's use.
Before computers became the modern electric desktops or laptops of today, “computers” actually referred to the people who did computing or calculations of equations.
As the Manhattan Project neared its first atomic test, there was a growing sentiment among project leaders that an advisory committee to make recommendations on nuclear energy should be created.
What was the Manhattan Project?
The tragic story of the "radium girls" had an important impact on the Manhattan Project.
As early as 1939, the U.S. government began to organize and fund nuclear research.
General Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer were a study in contrasts, yet both were key to the Manhattan Project's success.
At 5:29:45 on July 16, 1945, "Gadget" exploded and the Atomic Age began.
On October 30, 1961 the Soviet Union detonated the largest nuclear device in human history. The weapon, nicknamed Tsar Bomba, yielded 57 megatons of TNT, four times larger than any nuclear device tested by the United States.