Archive for September 16th, 2007


Deep Thoughts

Back in 1940’s, a bunch of brainiacs got together and created the nuclear explosive device. Their work was to forever change the face of Earth and mankind. Robert Oppenheimer was director of the main labaratory in Los Alamos and the scientific director of The Manhattan Project. The very first nuclear bomb (the Hiroshima bomb was the second one), detonated early in the morning of July 16, 1945. From an interview with Oppenheimer in 1965…

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed… A few people cried… Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form, and says, “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

The quote was something he thought, but he didn’t say it. What Robert J. actually said after the detonation, according to his brother Frank Oppenheimer was “It worked!” Frank was also working within the Manhattan project, and was on location in Trinity. Isn’t interesting how feelings get illustrated and amplified after intense reflection? Much more substance than a basic human reaction, eh?