This feature is experimental and meant to make it easier to browse past posts. If it blows up or fails in some way, let me know. Not all old posts have brief descriptions as of this writing, but eventually I will fill them all in.
A portrait of a year in flux, when the possibilities of a new order moved from the limitless to the concrete.
How many people did it take to make the atomic bomb? Probably many more than you realize.
The 37th President had a strange relationship with nuclear weapons — he didn't think they mattered very much.
"At the first sign of any unusual behavior inside the box he was to abandon the automobile and run as far away from it as his legs would carry him..."
Who told Werner Heisenberg that an atomic bomb might be dropped on Dresden? Plus: another curious wartime leak.
If the first atomic bomb had been ready in 1944, would it have been used against the Nazis? Surprisingly, Roosevelt may have been interested in doing it.
New details about a nuclear weapons accident makes it clear how close we came to an accidental, full-yield, megaton-range detonation.
How did an article about the work at the Los Alamos laboratory come to be published in March 1944?
Are there any indications that the Germans penetrated into the secrecy surrounding the American atomic bomb project during World War II? Not many.
9 News and Notes
Tune in on September 11, 2013, to hear me talk live from Philadelphia on the "nuclear age."
During World War II, the United States didn't just fear a German atomic bomb, but also a German dirty bomb. But secrecy made acting on such fears difficult.
The terrible banality of a weapon explicitly invented to target civilian populations.
Did Klaus Fuchs tell the Soviet Union how to make a hydrogen bomb? Recently released documents from the Russian archives shed new light on the question.
Japan managed to avoid getting the world's third plutonium core dropped on them, but it still managed to leave behind a deadly legacy.
Why was a second bomb used against Japan, so soon after Hiroshima? A review of several theories.
Thoughts on the 68th anniversary of Hiroshima, and what gets lost when we focus on individual events.
2 Meditations | Visions
I thought I knew a lot about nuclear fallout, but digging into the details taught me some subtle but important points about how it worked.
Two new photoessays about the first atomic bomb and its creators.
25 News and Notes | Visions
The new NUKEMAPs are up!
22 News and Notes
NUKEMAP2 and NUKEMAP3D are now online!
12 News and Notes | Visions
A teaser for the things to come.
An unusual view on the possibility of scientific secrecy from physicist who was inside the Manhattan Project but not making the bomb.
21 Redactions | Visions
Making sense of the worst radiological accident in US history.
A new tool for journalists who need to spice up their stories with Hiroshima references.
The captivating, intimate horror of the American B-29 incendiary raids against Japan during World War II.
The Manhattan Project gaseous diffusion facility, K-25, was once the world's largest factory under a single roof. But what did it look like on the inside?
Of the $2 billion spent on the Manhattan Project, where did it go, and what does it tell us about how we should talk about the history of the bomb?
A brief update to the last post: translations of leaflets dropped on the Japanese after Hiroshima.
Did the United States warn Japan about the atomic bombs prior to their use? A mystery is unravelled.
12 Meditations | Redactions
Blacking something out is only a step away from highlighting its importance, and the void makes us curious.
[Previous]        [Next]
189 posts in entire site