Thursday, July 15, 2010

Birth of the Atomic Age Remembered

“The Atomic Age began at exactly 5:30 Mountain War Time on the morning of July 15, 1945, on a stretch of semi-desert land about 5 airline miles from Alamogordo, New Mexico. And just at that instance there arose from the bowels of the earth a light not of this world, the light of many suns in one.”

William Laurence, New York Times September 26, 1945

“And now I become Death [Shiva], the destroyer of worlds.”

Robert Oppenheimer, atomic scientist paraphrasing The Bhagavad Gita

If the radiance of a thousand suns
Were to burst at once into the sky
That would be like the splendor of the Mighty one
I am become Death
The shatterer of Worlds.

The exact quote of the Bhagavad Gita

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