Հայ-թուրքական հարաբերությունների շուրջ
There is no small detail in international politics. You can never know what surprise waits for you at the next corner and what small detail actually will have the biggest impact on the world history. The example of tiny atom is self-explaining.
Uranium was discovered in 1789 by Martin Klaproth, a German chemist, and named after the planet Uranus. However, the real discovery and innovation boom started around century later. At first, scientists were experimenting for the sake of science; no one could think of practical application of those. A new wave of discoveries in 1939 brought a fresh breath to atom. Scientists first suggested that a neutron, captured by the nucleus, would cause severe vibration leading to the nucleus splitting into two not quite equal parts. They calculated the energy release from this fission as about 200 million electron volts. Later they showed that fission not only released a lot of energy but that it also released additional neutrons which could cause fission in other uranium nuclei and possibly a self-sustaining chain reaction leading to an enormous release of energy. An optimist would think ‘What a good result; and this is the time when nuclear power plants were built and nuclear energy used’. No, World War II brought its priorities. Nuclear bomb was invented, and played important role in power balance.
It was only after the end of WWII that scientists realized that the tremendous heat produced in the process could be tapped for generating electricity. And even later atom was used for curing purposes and now cancer treatment heavily uses the assistance of nuclear technology.