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Fission

This is the process by which natural uranium becomes plutonium. This is important to the events in the play because it is this process that Heisenberg is trying to understand – or refusing to understand, depending on one’s interpretation of his motives. This process is one of Bohr’s main research areas, but he does not think that Heisenberg could ever either do the calculations needed to find out how much uranium he’d need, or to find that much uranium. However, it is through this process that the American atomic bomb was built, and through this process that Heisenberg nearly built the bomb for the Germans.

Natural Uranium

This is the basic substance, which, through the process of fission, becomes plutonium and thus allows for the functioning of the atomic bomb.

Plutonium

This is the substance is created through the process of fission, allowing the bomb...

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