New Articles on Manhattan Project & Nuclear History

New Articles on Manhattan Project & Nuclear History

Erwin Schrodinger
Several good articles on the Manhattan Project and nuclear history were published in October.
  • How Einstein and Schrödinger Conspired to Kill a Cat: Historian David Kaiser explains how the famed "Schrödinger's cat" fable was born out of letters between Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger. The article also explains how "Schrödinger's cat served, in its day, as synecdoche for a broader world that had become too strange--and, at times, too threatening--to understand."
  • FDR and the bomb: Historian Alex Wellerstein attempts to piece together FDR's thoughts on using the atomic bomb. "Would Roosevelt have dropped the bomb on Japan, had he not died? I suspect the answer is yes. One can see...a mind warming up to the idea of the atomic bomb as not just a deterrent, but a weapon, one that might be deployed as a first-strike attack."