Thursday, July 17, 2008

GENERAL STUFF: Atomic Bomb Anniversary

(img courtesy of the BlueGrassReport)
From Wired via Neatorama...

Yesterday was the anniversary of the first successful test of the Atomic Bomb.

Thanks to the two sources for correcting me on a quote I often use, by J. Robert Oppenheimer (the scientific director of the Manhattan Project) from the Bagavad Gita:
"If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one. Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds."

I had always said it was "I am Shiva, the destroyer of worlds."

Here are some fun things I also found while looking stuff up:

How to build an atomic bomb
-- which points out it's not how to build it that's a concern, but how do you obtain the parts. How does that make you feel?

Some documents about the first test at Trinity from a military observer.

Thanks to Ms Chanak for pointing out the YouTube vid of Oppenheimer saying that:


Michael Chanak Jr said...

For the professional homosexual, the actual B&W footage of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer offering up the quotation: see here.

Michael Chanak Jr said...

Well, gurl - you know, there's much to be learned on educational tv - and I'm a big PBS whore...(and a whore otherwise). I actually saw a series of old B&W interivews with Dr. Oppenheimer - and they are moving.

One of his trade marks was the "pork pig" hat he wore - I guess that's when I fell in love with my Pride Bonnet - his hap was a trademark.


Anonymous said...

"I am Shiva, destroyer of worlds."

i pulled that quote from Tucker Max.