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In Search of a Bigger Boom
2018-08-19T18:22:51.8822726Z - / Hacker News
He was seemingly always in search of a bigger boom. From as early as 1942 he became obsessed with the idea of a Super bomb — the hydrogen bomb — a weapon of theoretically endless power. (The qualitative differences between a 50 megaton weapon and a 25 megaton weapon aren’t that large, because the effects are volumetric.) A 10,000 megaton weapon, by my estimation, would be powerful enough to set all of New England on fire. It’s hard not to wonder what motivates a man to make bigger and bigger and bigger bombs.

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