The violence, fear, and desperation of World War II propelled groundbreaking scientific experiments in atomic physics. The Manhattan Project, the code-name for the U.S. government's secret project to develop an atomic bomb, recruited pre-eminent scientists from around the world. After Germany's defeat and the war turned to the Pacific, the Manhattan Project gained momentum, as scientists and engineers moved their achievements from the blackboard and laboratories to a test in the New Mexico desert. The nuclear age dawned in the early hours of July 16, 1945, with the world's first nuclear explosion. The following month, two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. World War II ended soon after, the wartime alliance with Russia was beginning to unravel, and the terms of war and peace were forever changed. Written, Produced, and Edited by David Espar; Produced by Alice Markowitz, first broadcast January 23, 1989.
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