The A Bomb
Episode #25 August. 19, 2020 51m 15s Download
In this episode: Dr. Rob Carter and Joseph Darnell
The development of nuclear weapons is one of the most amazing, and fearsome, scientific breakthroughs in human history. But before they could be made, a lot of discoveries had to happen first. The timing is also amazing. Almost as soon as these things were discovered we started blowing things up.
Highlights and Show Notes
Radioactive, the story of Marie Curie on Amazon (warning: R rated)
March 1, 1896: Henri Becquerel Discovers Radioactivity
May 1932: Chadwick reports the discovery of the neutron
Albert Einstein wrote to the US pleading with the government to build an atomic bomb 80 years ago. Here’s what he said.
December 1938: Discovery of Nuclear Fission
Thermonuclear (fusion) weapons
The Oklo natural reactors in Precambrian rocks, Gabon, Africa