Tag Archives: World War II

Roger Hildebrand, U. of C. physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, dies at 98 via Hyde Park Herald

Roger Hildebrand, who worked on the Manhattan Project as a teenager before becoming a particle physicist and astronomer at the University of Chicago, died on Jan. 21 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Hildebrand, who lived in Hyde Park for more than 65 … Continue reading

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Hiroshima wrongly overshadows Nagasaki via USA Today

Michael Krepon The merciless momentum of nuclear war plans needs to be rethought before it is too late. Hiroshima gets all the attention, but Nagasaki teaches the more important lesson. The need to destroy Hiroshima will be forever debated, but … Continue reading

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Radioactive US Aircraft Carrier Found off San Francisco Coast via San Jose Mercury News (Reader Supported News)

n a ghostly reminder of the Bay Area’s nuclear heritage, scientists announced Thursday they have captured the first clear images of a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of … Continue reading

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Did a WWII nuclear experiment make the U of C radioactive? Um, No. But did the Manhattan Project’s Enrico Fermi consider the risk to Chicago? via WBEZ

[…] Chicago Pile 1 was never meant to be under the University of Chicago’s former football field. Project managers originally wanted the full experiment to run in the Red Gate Woods, southwest of the city. But builders at Red Gate … Continue reading

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On the uselessness of nuclear weapons via Scientific American

Two foundational beliefs have colored our views of nuclear weapons since the end of World War 2; one, that they were essential or at least very significant for ending the war, and two, that they have been and will continue … Continue reading

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