A comprehensive section chronicling the discovery of nuclear fission, the race for the atomic bomb, the development of the hydrogen bomb and the ensuing Cold War and beyond.


Cold War: A Brief History
Cold War History Section
Explore the critical events of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union
Race for the Hydrogen Bomb
Hydrogen Bomb Section
As the American and Soviet nuclear programs took root and grew, and the race for the hydrogen bomb was soon on.
The Manhattan Project
Manhattan Project Section
"The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb" is a history of the American atomic bomb program during World War II.
The First Pile
The First Pile Section
The saga of man's first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
The Trinity Test
Trinity Site Section
On July 16, 1945 the world changed with the explosion of the first atomic bomb that took place at Trinity Site.
Tale of Two Cities
Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Section
Recount the events of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Manhattan Project Signature Facilities
Manhattan Project Signature Facilities Section
Information on the Department of Energy's Manhattan Project "Signature Facilities".
The British Mission
British Mission Section
How a small group of British scientists aided in the development of the atomic bomb.

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