The Atomic Family

Nuclear Testing Risks Societal Fallout

On August 6, 1945, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 dropped a newly invented bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing perhaps as many as 70,000 civilians and 20,000 soldiers. The new weapon was called an atomic bomb. It marked a milestone in modern science, which had recently discovered the inner workings of the atom. Tampering with the atom’s “nuclear” forces unleashed destructive power.

The atom has a long history. The ancient Greek philosopher Leucippus and his student Democritus believed that the world is made of atoms, from a Greek word meaning “uncuttable.” Their theory lacked empirical proof, but it had adherents over the centuries.

 Modern science, of course, has confirmed the...

 

is the executive editor of Salvo and Touchstone magazines.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #49, Summer 2019 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo49/the-atomic-family

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