Sunday, April 24, 2005

Nuclear secrets



Age of Discovery
From Leucippus in 500 BC postulating the theory of atoms and void to Einstein's theory of relativity.

In the 1930's key discoveries are made about the fissioning of atoms by Enrico Fermi, Otto Hahn, Fritz Strassmann and Lise Meitner. These lay the groundwork for the development of nuclear weapons in the next decade.

The United States' Manhattan Project builds and tests the first atomic bombs. The new weapons are used on Hiroshima, then Nagasaki leading to the end of World War II. The beginning of the Cold War follows with the USSR's detonation of a atomic bomb in 1949.

The Korean War opens this decade that sees the first space travel by human beings, the construction of bomb shelters and the deployment of the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles by the United States in 1958.

France and China join the "Nuclear Club". The Cuban Missile Crisis brings the world to the brink of a nuclear war and back. In 1968 an unpopular war in Vietnam and the rise of social demonstration across the world present the backdrop for the Non-Proliferation Treaty in which the nuclear powers promise to bring about complete nuclear disarmament.

I haven't sniffed around the whole place, yet. So far, couldn't find a mention of Israel's nukes. Not to worry, I'm sure they'll update their info soon enough.