July 16, 2020

दिवि सूर्यसहस्रस्य भवेद्युगपदुत्थिता। यदि भाः सदृशी सा स्याद्भासस्तस्य महात्मनः।।॥११–१२॥

75 years ago on July 16th, 1945, the Trinity Device was detonated and the world became a different place.  Whether that was for good or ill, I leave as a rhetorical question for the reader.

The title of this post is from the Bhagavad Gita, and is what Robert Oppenheimer originally claimed to have thought when he saw the result of his work:

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.

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1 In a way, history is just a long string of demarcation points between What Was and What Is, points after which Nothing Is Quite The Same. The Mun Moon landing springs to mind on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch.

This is... definitely one of the bigger, grimmer demarcation points. We'll be living with the consequences of this for the rest of civilization (however long that may be, at this rate).

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 17, 2020 08:20 AM (rKFiU)

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