Warning to FDR about atomic energy

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Image: Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd from
http://www.atomicheritage.org/history/einstein-letter-1939.

“The Einstein–Szilárd letter was a letter written by Leó Szilárd and signed by Albert Einstein that was sent to the United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 2, 1939. Written by Szilárd in consultation with fellow Hungarian physicists Edward Teller and Eugene Wigner, the letter warned that Germany might develop atomic bombs and suggested that the United States should start its own nuclear program. It prompted action by Roosevelt, which eventually resulted in the Manhattan Project developing the first atomic bombs.”

Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein%E2%80%93Szil%C3%A1rd_letter .

Read the letter here: http://www.atomicheritage.org/key-documents/einstein-szilard-letter .

 

 

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