A thermonuclear bomb is a second-generation nuclear weapon design, capable of immensely more destructive power than first-generation nuclear bombs. They’re sometimes called H bombs, a term I remember from old-school science-fiction novels.

As with many things technologically destructive, the first full-scale thermonuclear test was carried out in 1952 by the US. Wikipedia drily notes that the concept has since been “employed” by most of the world’s nuclear powers in the design of their weapons...

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