Scientifically, there is no obstacle for a nuclear or atomic bomb. There
are no secrets in Nuclear Science anymore. Anyone with a reasonable physics
degree and access to a good technical library could design a workable atomic
bomb in less than 6 months, so why hasn't anyone. Maybe there has been,
no one is exactly sure. In the last 52 years there has been enough nuclear
warheads made to destroy every city in the world and still have thousands left
over.(Church 40) This all happened during the Cold War, a period of 45 years (1947-
1991), between mainly the two superpowers (United States and the Soviet
Union). Other nations were involved, and 2 wars were fought over it (Korea
and Vietnam) and a nuclear war was almost waged (Cuban Missile Crisis).
Now with the breakup of the Soviet Union into a loose Commonwealth
no one is exactly sure who has all the weapons.
Certain nations inherited
them, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia, while others tried stealing
them, Iran, Libya, and North Korea. And since the breakup certain people
have been caught stealing the materials needed to make a bomb. These
terrorists have never been caught in the United States but numerous times in
Europe.(www.pbs.org) As a matter of fact, the Russians say someone stole a bomb
simulator, which will explode and make mushroom cloud but has no nuclear
component.(Wilkie) People know that despite efforts to keep control on the old
Soviet stockpile and waste, terrorists are getting the plutonium and
uranium needed to make nuclear weapons to kill masses of people.
This is kind of the history of the nuclear & atomic bomb: (all from Williams)
The first atomic bomb was thought up by Albert Einstein in the late
30's. In 1942 Enrico Fermi brought about...