American Notes: Atomic Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago this week, an instant before 5:30 a.m. on July 16, 1945, the atomic age began at a place code-named Trinity, in a remote section of a New Mexico desert called Jornada del Muerto—Journey of Death. William Laurence of the New York Times, the only journalist to witness the world's first explosion of an atomic bomb, wrote later that he felt as if he had been present at the dawn of creation, when the Lord said, "Let there be light." What came to the mind of Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was a fragment from the Bhagavad-Gita: "I...

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