Why Einstein Thought Nuclear Weapons Impossible


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Why Einstein Thought Nuclear Weapons Impossible



Without neutrons, harnessing nuclear energy would be impossible.
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A few years ago I made a documentary about uranium, radioactivity and radiation. I always thought of the characters in our story as the scientists and maybe the uranium nucleus itself. It was only through making the documentary that I realized the real hero of the story is the neutron. Without a neutral nuclear particle, it would be virtually impossible to release the energy from the nucleus. But with it, and the idea of a chain reaction, nuclear energy went from science fiction to reality. That is something I had not grasped as clearly before and it motivated me to make this video.

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  1. Einstein says "God does not play dice with the universe", and sycophantic choirs descend upon the stage singing hallellujahs, while Darwin in the audience above thinks for himself "Of course he does, it's just common sense", and then he wonders if there's some penguin stew left for dinner.

  2. Pretty sure Einstein contributed to the creation of the atomic bomb. I believe he believed it was possible but did not want others to believe it was possible because of the damage it could do. I wouldn’t want to believe it, it’s unscientific to use atomic power for destructive purposes, it’s constructive for other things. But if the goal is progress, the means are peace, and that end is scientific in peace.

  3. He wrote a letter to the president of the United States discussing the dangers of the energy of the atom being used as a weapon. It's the main reason he was able to defect to America to escape the holocaust.