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Developing the atomic bomb

Duration: 01:01

Richard Feynman recalls when he was asked to work on the Manhattan project to develop the atomic bomb. The original reason for developing the bomb was to counter the threat from Nazi Germany during World War Two. But when Hitler was defeated, Feynman says the need to develop the bomb changed. He admits that he didn’t think about this at the time and says he should have reconsidered his continued work on the project.

Available since: Sat 10 May 2008

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Horizon 1981-1982, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Professor Richard Feynman of Caltech talks about his life and career.

First broadcast: 23 Nov 1981

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