Southwest FL – Dr. Zonies presented the subject of atomic bombs with enlightening speech and explosive enthusiasm. The audience walked away with a thorough understanding of the development of the bomb, the mechanics of its design, and the historical events that led to its use.
The chain of events that led to the most extensive and expensive weapons program (at that time) 2 fielded by the U.S. started with a theory by Albert Einstein, E=MC2 . After Einstein informed President Roosevelt of the likelihood of the Germans developing such a device, the Manhattan Project was born. Dr. Zonies explained the mechanics of both atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan along with the herculean costs and manpower needed to build them.
Dr. Zonies concluded with an explanation of the historical background that led to the use of the bombs. The number of American troops killed in battle was increasing exponentially as they got closer to the Japanese mainland. It became clear that the alternative to using the Atom bomb would be a staggering number of dead American service members. The presentation closed with pictures of the remarkable recovery of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two cities that were destroyed by A-Bombs.
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