On August 6th, 1945 at approximately 8: 15 a.m. the United States dropped a uranium-based atomic bomb code named "Little Boy," on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The initial explosion, which was the equivalent of 13,000 tons of TNT, killed 45,000 of the largely civilian population instantly. Hundreds of thousands more would die of radiation-related illnesses in the decades to follow and a conservative estimate puts the death toll from the Hiroshima bombing at 200,000.

Three days later, the United States would drop another atomic bomb composed of plutonium and code named "Fat Boy," on the Japanese city of Nagasaki killing an estimated 70,000 instantly. The bombings led to the unconditional surrender by the Japanese and signified the end of World War II.

Although there is significant historical literature detailing the bombing of Hiroshima, there are few multimedia presentations that utilize current computer technology to detail the events of the bombing. Using this technology will provide the user the opportunity to customize their learning experience by enabling them to navigate through the information and learn about the bombing through objective interactive content that uses modern technology to explain the events that led to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interactive multimedia--Design; Hiroshima-shi (Japan)--History--Bombardment, 1945--Interactive multimedia

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Computer Graphics Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Marla Schweppe

Advisor/Committee Member

Deborah Beardslee


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at QA76.76.I59 B74 2008


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