Public domain image of an underwater nuclear weapons detonation test during the Cold War.

The science behind Hitler’s atomic bomb

And the story of how the greatest act of WWII sabotage stopped it.

Ethan Siegel
May 10, 2016 · 6 min read

“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” -J. Robert Oppenheimer

In the 1930s, as Europe stood on the precipice of World War II, a slew of nature’s secrets were being revealed to scientists everywhere. The atomic nucleus was discovered to have multiple…