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Atomic age

the period in history initiated by the first use of the atomic bomb and characterized by atomic energy as a military, political, and industrial factor.
Contemporary Examples

A haunting new exhibition at SFMOMA surveys the effects of the atomic age on a generation of daring Japanese photographers.
Photography that Provokes Philip Gefter October 14, 2009

Jaffe was the Candace Bushnell of the atomic age, painting a picture of the life of single working women in New York City.
The ‘Mad Men’ Book Club Samuel P. Jacobs June 10, 2012

Several Provoke photographers were children during World War II and were obviously influenced by the atomic age.
Photography that Provokes Philip Gefter October 14, 2009

It was simply too dangerous, too unthinkable, in the atomic age—unless the most vital of U.S. interests were at stake.
Obama’s All Eisenhower On Russia Robert Shrum March 9, 2014

Among them: Steven Johnson’s The Invention of Air and Tom Zoellner’s Uranium, a history-cum-travel-narrative of the atomic age.
Obama’s Book List Gaffe Samuel P. Jacobs August 23, 2009

Historical Examples

The world needs an object lesson to show how far it has strayed from those first wonderful days of the atomic age.
The Black Tide Arthur G. Stangland

The “death” of matter has been the “birth” of an atomic age.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

Our continuing negotiations in this field are a major part of our quest for a confident peace in this atomic age.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

Industry could not exist without them, even in an atomic age.
Youth Isaac Asimov

The first two decades of the atomic age have comprised a period of swift maturity.
Atoms, Nature, and Man Neal O. Hines

the atomic age, the current historical period, initiated by the development of the first atomic bomb towards the end of World War II and now marked by a balance of power between nations possessing the hydrogen bomb and the use of nuclear power as a source of energy


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