Why did Oppenheimer say I am become death?
“The quotation ‘Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds’, is literally the world-destroying time,” explains Thompson, adding that Oppenheimer’s Sanskrit teacher chose to translate “world-destroying time” as “death”, a common interpretation.
Who originally said I am become death the destroyer of worlds?
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
What happened to Robert J Oppenheimer?
He died of throat cancer on February 18, 1967, in Princeton, New Jersey.
Is Now I am become death grammatically correct?
The passage you ask about, “I am become Death,” is a present-perfect construction equivalent to “I have become Death.” (We’ll have more to say later about Oppenheimer and his quotation from the Bhagavad Gita.)
Where does the quote I am become death destroyer of worlds come from?
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that one way or another.
Who was Robert Oppenheimer?
J. Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the USA’s World War II program to develop the first nuclear weapons.
What is the full quote from Oppenheimer?
Having said that here is, as promised, the full quote from Oppenheimer is as follows: We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed. Few people cried.
Who said’I Am Become Death’?
J. Robert Oppenheimer: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” – YouTube J. Robert Oppenheimer: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” If playback doesn’t begin shortly, try restarting your device.
Was Oppenheimer a man of disturbing contradictions?
These are tabloid notions, but Oppenheimer did live at the center of the century’s most disturbing contradictions, and struggled with them, and suffered for them, and if he is often taken as their protagonist, it is partly because he was a man of disturbing contradictions himself.