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How Oppenheimer and other 1945 leaders saw the future - and what really happened

By Walter Pincus

09 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. US politicians met in May 1945 to discuss the future of nuclear energy and weapons. The meeting also included key figures from the Manhattan Project including now-Hollywood star J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi.

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On May 31, 1945, six weeks before the Trinity test of the first atomic device - and with the first use of an atomic bomb expected shortly thereafter - an extraordinary meeting took place in the office of Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson in what is now known as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House.

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