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I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. ---->>>

When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb. ---->>>

Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries. ---->>>

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows. ---->>>

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man. ---->>>

'It worked.' (said after witnessing the first atomic detonation). ---->>>

Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.

Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.

In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.

In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.

In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-22, 1904
Birthplace:
Die: 02-18, 1967
Occupation: Physicist
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Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Oppenheimer was the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory and is among those who are credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (wikipedia)