Robert Oppenheimer was a theoretical physicist who is generally known as the father of the atomic bomb. He once said the first atomic explosion reminded him of a verse from a hindu holy book that said, "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one."
Later, when asked about the moment on television, his response was,
"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. 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."
Wow, right? What kind of an amazing, smart person does it take to have such profound thoughts when there's a goddamned nuclear bomb going off a few miles away? But, you know what? His little brother, Frank, was there with him at the Trinity site that day. Here is what he had to say about it:
Robert simply exclaimed, "It worked!"
Brigadier General Thomas Farrell was also in the control bunker that day. He said that the second the bomb went off, Oppenheimer's face relaxed into an expression of tremendous relief.
What am I talking about? History! presenting yourself in the best light possible! making it sound like you totally know what you're doing and that you have these complex and deep thoughts at important times and that you are able to express those emotions in meaningful, even profound ways. Personal PR! I suppose it is his duty to assure humanity that nuclear physicists who can build machines that will eat the world have deep, inner monologue. But, in reality, the dude was stressed out of his gourd that his project was going to fail. When that thing lit up he probably experienced the same feelings you got that time you flipped the switch after changing your first light bulb. Also, little brothers... still annoying even after you do something badass like light up a nuclear bomb.