Splitting the High Notes: New Musical Explores Jewish-American Physicist Behind the Atom Bomb

Hungarian-born Leo Szilard was one of the brains behind the Manhattan Project, who later railed against the plan to use the bomb on civilians. Now his story is playing Off Broadway.

Was it necessary to drop atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to put an end to Japan’s determination to keep fighting on in World War II? This question periodically comes up in ethics classes or articles in the American media.