The Arrival of the Bomb

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


Nuclear strategy was the product of two lines of scientific and technological development, both of which can be traced back at least to the start of the twentieth century. The first, which began with the study of radioactivity, concerned the structure of the atom and the amounts of energy that might be released if the circumstances in which atoms broke up could be better understood. The second was the possibility of heavier than air flying machines which had been discussed during the previous century as a possibility and became a reality in 1903 when the Wright brothers completed the first manned flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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