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Nuclear Weapons and Moral Choices
An exploration of the moral beliefs held by the scientists instrumental in developing the nuclear atomic bomb.
# 109248 | 2,871 words | 10 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 26, 2008 in Physics (Nuclear) , Ethics (General)

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The paper presents the thesis that the physicists instrumental in the design and development of the nuclear atomic bomb held a level of pride in their accomplishment as well as regret for its potential for destruction, death and war. The paper describes the Manhattan Project and examines the personal moral standards of the scientists who developed it. The paper shows how regrets were certainly held by Bethe, Oppenheimer, Haber and other scientists and physicists sharing in the atomic energy and weaponry projects.

Statement of Thesis
The Manhattan Project
Moral Responsibility of the Physicist
Hans Bethe
Julius Robert Oppenheimer
Summary and Conclusion

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Byers, Nina (2002) Physicists and the 1945 Decision to Drop the Bomb. Physics Journal archives 13 Oct 2002. Online available at:
  • Bethe, Hans A. (1950) "The Hydrogen Bomb: II," Scientific American, April 1950.
  • Hans Bethe (1906-2005) Arms Control Today - Arms Control Association. 2005 April. Online available at;
  • Hans Bethe et al (1984) "Space-Based Ballistic-Missile Defense," Scientific American, October 1984.
  • Horowitz, Jacob (1998) Building Bombs, Talking Peace: The Political Activity of Manhattan Project Physicists Before Hiroshima, A Thesis Presented to the Division of History and Social Sciences - Reed College. Online available at:

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