Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Nov. 1, 1952

November 1, 2004

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[U.S. Air Force photo via The Encyclopedia Britannica Online]

Fifty-two years ago the first hydrogen bomb was tested. The device was codenamed “Mike.” I don’t know whether this was some sort of allusion to Michael, the Archangel oft depicted as wielding God’s terrible swift sword to cast Lucifer out of Heaven and whose very name—“Who is like God?!” in Hebrew—was the faithful angels’ battlecry against their fallen brethren. Whether it was or not, I find it sad that humanity has found far more success in emulating God’s wrath rather than His mercy.

In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin, and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.

J. Robert Oppenheimer
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3 Responses to “Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Nov. 1, 1952”


  1. I don’t think it was a mistake to develop the hydrogen bomb. Someone was going to develop it, and thank god it was the USA under Eisenhower and not the USSR under Stalin or Nazi germany. Or their successors. But oppenheimer was right, of course. You’ve got a lot of good stuff on your blog. Thanks. And good luck in future endeavours.

  2. clint holmes Says:

    I was wondering, i am a junior in highschool and i am writting a paper looking at the Nuclear Testing that occured between the 1950’s to the 1960’s and what the public actually knew about it. If i could possibly get an interview via e-mail or even an e-mail with an idea of some books and peroidics to look at that would be great Thanks.

  3. Darren Gladis Says:

    Hey I’m doing a report on the H-Bomb for a school project. Just wanted to let you know that the picture you have osted of the explosion is superb. I agree with roublen vesseau. Thanks and Keep doing what you do.


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