Musings and Ramblings Archive

This page will probably include totally random rants and raves about whatever I have recently found interesting or inflammatory or somesuch things.


Oppenheimer on the first successful testing of an atomic bomb

I have always enjoyed this little clip immensely. Oppenheimer's voice comes though as almost totally devoid of all emotion, which I think is nicely juxtaposed against the actual subject matter he is describing. I also think it is particularly interesting because what he is describing is the creation of the modern world in many ways, a world which he and a handful of other scientists made possible. Combine the creation of a weapon capable of destruction on a scale never before scene in history with the willingness of the USA to actually use such a weapon and you have the foundings of the Cold War and a half-century of paranoia and tension. The way he describes this event is really poetic, and I think it captures the magnitude of it all in a way that couldn't get much better.

-- MM 19-12-2013