Today marks the 63th anniversary of our entry into the atomic era. 63 years ago today the Enola Gay dropped Little Boy, the first atomic bomb ever to be used in a war, over Hiroshima. 70,000 people were killed right away, often simply evaporating in the intense heat of the blast, leaving only eerie shadows on the walls behind them. Others were less lucky and died from severe burns or radiation poisoning soon thereafter. The total toll today, including those to have succumbed to radiation-induced cancers and similar diseases stands at somewhere between 90,000 and 200,000.
Here are just a few of the web pages related to the event that I came across today:
- The results of a survey of the scientists at the Metallurgical Lab of the Manhattan Project on how the bomb should be used
- Wikipedia entry exposing the pros and cons of using the bomb
- A discussion of whether the use of these bombs has increased or decreased the chances of more such bombs being used in the future