The secret behind the atom bomb, Part II

We continue the amazing broader history of gaseous diffusion as envisioned by Gordon Fee and prepared by Steve Polston, who was at one time the manager of the Paducah (Ky.) Gaseous Diffusion Plant and now retired. Steve agreed to help and took on the task of producing a draft document. We also included Jim Rushton, Ralph Donnelly, John Shoemaker, and finally, an exceptional writer who has expertise taking technical information and editing it into language the public can better understand, Alan Brown.

Part I of this column was published last week.

This shows the small size of nuclear fuel pellets.


Gaseous Diffusion Helped End WWII

During World War II, President Roosevelt assigned the atomic bomb project to the Army Corps of Engineers, which had a huge budget and could conceal the bomb’s development costs and progress from U.S. enemies. It was named the Manhattan project because the Corps of Engineers’ District in charge of the project was located in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

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