Race for the Hydrogen Bomb
World War II's end signified the beginning of the race to develop a weapon even more potent than the atomic bomb: the hydrogen bomb. While many who had witnessed the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused by the atomic bomb opposed the H-bomb's development, others felt it was the only way to protect the lives of innocent people from another power's nuclear attack.
Amid secrecy and suspicions of espionage, the American and Soviet nuclear programs took root and grew, and the race for the hydrogen bomb was on.
- Part I: Genesis
- Scientists explore the possibility of a fusion bomb.
- Part IV: Entering the Thermonuclear Era
- The world's first thermonuclear device is exploded.
- Part II: The Classic Super is Born
- Edward Teller leads the efforts to develop the 'super'.
- Part V: The Red Scare
- Fears of the Soviet Union's influence.
- Part III: A Shock from the Soviets
- The Soviet Union explodes an atomic bomb.