I have to remove a tree stump in my backyard.
But seriously, I’m a math dummy and a part-time history buff. I’ve read several books on American history and WW2 (currently, William Manchester’s “The Glory and the Dream” which is friggin’ awesome), and these books often take a few paragraphs to explain how the original A bombs worked.
I still don’t get it completely, I think I need a few more paragraphs. Maybe a good link or website.
Here’s what I know so far:
First, you get two lumps of “Uranium-235”, a very special kind of uranium, the uranium at Wal-Mart isn’t good enough.
These lumps of uranium should be hemispherical in shape and of unequal size say, five pounds and seventeen pounds. (Why?)
Then you smash these two lumps of “Uranium-235” into each other really hard. Like, maybe you could shoot one of them out of a cannon at the other one. This causes a massive explosion which can be seen from Nevada to Texas.
(That gives me the most pause, is it really just banging rocks together?)
Apparently this process also involves making a ‘pile’ under the Chicago Squash Courts. I suppose I could handle that…
And that’s what I know so far. If anyone can fill any gaps in my knowledge I’d be grateful. There’s a family of mean-tempered wasps who’d like to borrow that tree stump for the summer and negotiations aren’t going well.