TV Movie | Not Rated | | Drama, History
The complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build ... See full summary »
At the time this film was made, Michael Tucker and Richard Dysart were well-known for their roles in L.A. Law (1986).
J. Robert Oppenheimer:
You know the Bhagavad-Gita? "I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds."
Kenneth Bainbridge: Yeah. Now we're all sons of bitches.
Near the first of the film, where General Groves is observing some of the chemistry and physics put on the blackboard by Dr. Vincent (played by Fritz Buchinger), an error is shown with Vincent making several entries, two to be culminating: ten to the 23rd power, only supposedly Vincent makes an error and shows in the second equation put up in rapid succession, "10 to the 24th." This was done seemingly by the filmmakers so General Groves could then point out that he had been following the mathematics and as a show of his prowess, he announces that he did not see "How in the second equation the formula shows ten to the 24th." This then permits his speech about having ten years of postgraduate education which he believes is equivalent to two PhD's. The mathematical equation Dr. Vincent is citing is the factor of Avogadro's Law relating to the mass of a gas which is 6.023 X 10 to the 23rd. This is a factor taught in Chemistry 101.
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