20th Century Technology


Atomic Bomb
Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and the discovery of how to split the atom came to horrifying fruition in 1945 with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the face of modern warfare was forever recast, atomic science also led to an alternative, albeit controversial, method to produce energy: fission. Nuclear fission is now used to generate electricity and power submarines and aircraft carriers.

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