AUTHORMorrison, Philip
TITLERecollections of a Nuclear War
PERIODICAL TITLEScientific American
DATE PUBLISHED1995
VOLUME NUMBER273
ISSUE NUMBER2 (August)
PAGE NUMBERS42-46
ISSN0036-8733


This article is the author’s account of his work as a weapons engineer at Los Alamos and as a technical consultant to the Manhattan Project during World War II. The article begins with an overview of the science behind the development of the nuclear weapons. Morrison recounts his recruitment for the Manhattan Project and his role in the development and construction of the plutonium explosive device used for the Trinity test and the plutonium bomb used at Nagasaki. The author also includes a section on his experiences as part of an American team sent to Japan at the beginning of the occupation to survey the bombing damage done to Japanese cities.


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