Daily Archives: 07/18/2005

60 Years Of Nuclear Annihilation

This weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Trinity blast, the test site for the first nuclear bomb in New Mexico.
Photographer Jack Aeby's photo of the first atomic test, July 16, 1945

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that one way or another.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Trinity Site, New Mexico