The Drama of Omnipotence
The story of the atom bomb, as it is usually told, starts with revolutionary developments in physics.1 Significant among these were the discovery of X rays, the isolation of radium and thorium, Einstein's theory of general relativity (which received initial confirmation in 1919), and the work of Rutherford, Planck, and Bohr on the energy and structure of the atom. The essence of these findings, at least for considerations involved here, is that a tremendous amount of energy is locked up in the atom. The investigation of the atom raised few qualms for the pioneers in this field, since it was generally thought that its energy could not be liberated. It was as if, in constructing the universe, God had ruled out access to its fundamental power.
The next part of the story is plotted by astonishing twists. As the____________________