The Boys Own Manhattan Project
|Trinity's famous FUNGUS cloud|
The seminal image of the other Manhattan Project, the Boys-Own version , is of a lethal fungus cloud radiating forth , roiling and boiling as it ascended to 35,000 feet above the New Mexico desert . Down below , Dr Robert Oppenheimer intoned portentously "I am become Death, destroyer of nations".
Doctor Mom's Manhattan project
|Lifesaving MONSTRANCE of penicillium|
Dr Martin Henry Dawson's Manhattan Project ( the Doctor-Mom's version) also had its seminal image , also of a fungus radiating forth.
It was held aloft like some sort of Roman Catholic monstrance (albeit by devout Presbyterian layperson Dr Gladys Hobby in New York's Presbyterian hospital !) to offer hope and succour to SBE patients facing imminent death.
This lifesaving fungus radiated forth in all directions over a large Petri dish, with its golden droplets along the wedge lines in the green blue mold looking like the rays of the sun itself.
Two wildly different fungus , two wildly different faces of Janus Manhattan.
One Manhattan , the Manhattan of Gordon Gekko , cold and mean - the Manhattan of the Hiroshima bomb droppers that 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef raged so hard against.
The other Manhattan, the Manhattan of Emma Lazarus, offering the warm golden lamp of welcome to all the world's tired, hungry and huddled - the Manhattan that Yousef and his ilk never got to know.
If Manhattan is ever to stop the Yousefs of this world, it needs to show the Emma Lazarus side of its face.
I hope my books on Martin Henry Dawson's Manhattan Project (Agape penicillin) help start that process...