This section provides an overview of the history of the Manhattan Project, the key organizations involved, the science behind the bomb, and more.
For the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the National Air and Space Museum proposed a controversial exhibition that displayed the Enola Gay.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing stories to come out of the Manhattan Project was the partnerships formed by the military, the scientific community, and some of America's foremost corporations.
One of the greatest controversies to come out of World War II was whether the atomic bomb was necessary to bring about its end.
A list of books and articles provide a range of perspectives on the atomic bombings.
The debate over what precipitated the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II is a source of contention among historians. This debate has also figured prominently in the discussion of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Mendelevium, or element 101, was discovered at the Berkeley Rad Lab in 1955 using advanced techniques and tools.
In 1914, novelist H. G. Wells envisioned an atomic bomb that would produce a continual radioactive explosion in his book "The World Set Free."
The first concerted effort to understand and study the effects of radiation on humans began in Chicago in 1942.
Both the Oak Ridge and Hanford sites were chosen for their isolation and access to hydropower from surrounding river systems.