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How Albert Einstein Helped Blackmail President Roosevelt Over Manhattan Project Funding

Written by on May 1, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
How Albert Einstein Helped Blackmail President Roosevelt Over Manhattan Project Funding

Seventy-five years ago, Hungarian-American physicist Leo Szilard wrote a letter to United States President Franklin Roosevelt expressing concern that German scientists would soon unlock the secrets to developing the first atomic bomb. Concerned that his relative anonymity would cause the warning to go unheeded, Szilard persuaded his friend and colleague Albert Einstein to sign the letter. The Einstein-Szilard letter resulted in the establishment of the Manhattan Project, and the United States’ subsequent creation of the world’s first nuclear weapon. But that wasn’t the only letter penned by the pair. Szilard and Einstein actually drafted four missives to the president…

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