The Atomic Age

Born in the Trinity explosion (above), christened in blood at Hiroshima exactly 21 days later, it has cast a cloud over mankind for 40 years

Early on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, named for the pilot's mother, cut east to west across the rivers of Hiroshima, opened its hatches, and an atom bomb fell free. From that moment to this, nothing has ever been the same in the world. The people of Hiroshima, the course of World War II, subsequent wars, subsequent peace, the position of science, the role of the military, international politics, the nature of knowledge, art, culture, the conduct of lives: all changed. Other ages in history were characterized by heroes or by ideas. The atomic age is characterized...

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