Why We Made the Bomb

Why We Made the Bomb

Why did we make the Bomb? The question is, of course, naïve. There was no single reason. Nor could there be a one-word answer, such as fear or
deterrence, or a two-word answer, for example, unjustified fear, that would be informative. The simplest and most frequent answer seems to be “as a deterrent or counter-weapon to the threatened Nazi bomb.” And this was the most common reply in the 1940s, too. The impression was widespread that the Allied forces were in a race with the Germans that could well determine the outcome of the war. A few minds, even in 1940 (Bohr’s, Szilard’s), saw that the possession of A-bombs by two or more states might well serve as mutual deterrents, with each side fearing reprisal.

...

Lima