Understanding the Unthinkable: The Science and History of Nuclear Weapons

Umsjón: Tom Ellington

Lýsing: This seminar will serve as an introduction to the science and history of nuclear weapons. By the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be sufficiently knowledgeable about nuclear weapons to engage effectively and confidently in anti-nuclear activism. Topics covered will include the basic physics behind fission and fusion reactions, construction of both atomic and hydrogen bombs and a history of nuclear proliferation, starting with the Manhattan Project and continuing to North Korea’s efforts to become a nuclear-weapons state. In that context we will discuss close calls in the Nuclear Age, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the war scare of 1983 and current prospects for nuclear terrorism. We will also discuss blast effects for single weapons and the prospective global impacts of a large-scale nuclear exchange. The language of instruction will be English. Active participation by seminar members is welcome and encouraged.

REGISTRATION NOT NEEDED! We appreciate Facebook RSVPs but otherwise there is no registration required.

Tími: Saturday August 17 · 18:00–19:45

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