The European tragedy of World War II concluded 72 years ago. The war against Japan dragged on longer than the war against Germany and its ending, lit up by two nuclear blasts, changed the world forever. Away from the frontlines, armies of scientists were working on a weapon that would put the world on the brink of destruction – and yet protect it from another global conflict. How did the quest to create the ultimate tool for slaughter usher in humanity’s nuclear age? Why did Germany lose the race for the ultimate weapon? And what did the creators themselves think when they were working on the A-bomb? We ask author of the Pulitzer-prize winning book The Making of the Atomic Bomb – journalist and historian Richard Rhodes is on SophieCo.