Artwork Title: Theoretical Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer - Artist Name: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Theoretical Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer

Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1947

“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 (who was able to read Sanskrit and translated Sanskrit poetry as a hobby), recalling his thoughts on witnessing the explosion of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico, 1945. (

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