When did we realize we could make nuclear power for the masses?



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    In the late 1800s, physicists knew that the atom contained large quantities of energy, and in 1904 Ernest Rutherford, the so-called father of nuclear energy, wrote

    “If it were possible to control…an enormous amount of energy could be obtained from a small amount of matter.”

    Shortly afterward, Einstein formulated his famous equation, E=mc^2, which states that energy is inherent in anything that has mass.  In the late 1930s, physicists began experimenting to prove Einstein’s formula, and in 1942, the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction took place.     

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