Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Atomic Age in the 20th Century

The 20th Century marks the beginnings of what is called the "Atomic Age".  It is a phrase typically used to delineate the period of history following the detonation of the first nuclear bomb Trinity on July 16, 1945. 

This period is interesting because of the myriad of goods and bads that come from nuclear development. Once nuclear development started, is went through phases in which it was encouraged to gain ground in a lot of other countries. As years have passed, we have seen the consequences that can come from having nuclear plants in operation. There have been nuclear disasters. The most recent incident was in Japan. It was caused by the Tsunami that hit in 2011 and consequently, many people have suffered. 

I have many conflicting thoughts about nuclear development. It is incredible to think about the knowledge we have about the atom and in science. Where is it going to take us? Are we developing powers that are too great for us to control? Is it worth development and investment or is it self destruction?

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