MANHATTAN PROJECT ETHICS POLL – Take the Same Test The Scientists Took

by Red Cell

The Manhattan Project Poll on the Use of Atomic Weapons, July 1945.

For the 65th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, JF Ptak has reproduced online the original poll that the 250 scientists working on the project took. You can take the test and compare your answers with their results on how atomic weapons should be used in the war with Japan. The original results were published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Take the test here.

From the site:
This is the straightforward poll of Compton and Daniels which asked 250 scientists at the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory arm of the Manhattan Project in pre-Trinity July, 1945. (Originally published as “A Poll of Scientists at Chicago, July 1945,” in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, February 1948, 44, p63. and again published in Compton’s Atomic Quest in 1956.) You can take this test anonymously. Please try and keep in mind the time and place of the events unfolding: the Japanese resistance to the unconditional surrender ultimatum developing at Potsdam; the resistance to massive air raids; the tenacious fighting in the islands at the outreaches of the Empire; the thousands of American POWs; the circulating estimates of the coming Japanese invasion casualties (hundreds of thousands of Americans, far more so Japanese), and so on.

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