Ever heard this before?
Kalo Asmi Loka-ksaya-krit Pravardho, Lokan Samartum iha Pravattah.
It's from the Hindu holy book and it translates as, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Do you know what famous person quoted it? Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. He is sometimes referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb", but after hearing him quote, "Kalo Asmi Loka-ksaya-krit Pravardho, Lokan Samartum iha Pravattah," I'm not sure that he would be proud of this title.
...and finally I've started talking about the bomb.
When we give scientists the resources to build something destructive, even if it's a world first like the atomic bomb, we don't getting many people jumping in the air and cheering. Robert Oppenheimer's public actions and comments about the bomb are contradictory. Was it a good thing? Was it a necessary evil? Oppenheimer's public statements don't clearly tell us what he thought, but in the moment after the first artificial nuclear explosion nearAlamogordo on July 16, 1945, Oppenheimer's feelings were clear, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
He also talked about how those around him felt on July 16, 1945. "