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2017
August 2017
 7
Meditations
Dispatches on a Roundtable and a Workshop with historians and political scientists in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing.
May 2017
 2
Redactions
Was the first history of the atomic bomb biased towards physics to avoid public associations with chemical weapons? My take on a recent article.
2016
November 2016
18
Meditations
Why asking whether there are checks on the US President's ability to order a nuclear attack gets the issue exactly backwards.
September 2016
30
Redactions
If he had lived to make the decision, would Roosevelt have dropped the atomic bomb?
July 2016
25
Visions
On the anniversary of America's first nuclear disaster, when the Manhattan Project still ruled the bomb...
15
Meditations
How the US came to have three major strategic nuclear platforms, and why it started calling them a "triad."
May 2016
27
Meditations
Some thoughts about the first sitting President to have visited Hiroshima.
23
Redactions
Digging into the unusual death of Louis Slotin and the fate of the bomb core that killed him.
April 2016
22
Visions
What do the shapes of nuclear weapons reveal, and what do they hide?
 8
Meditations
Inventing the bomb was hard. Maintaining the bomb was harder.
February 2016
26
Visions
What does Frayn's famous play get wrong, and what does it get right?
12
Redactions
How did the first history of the atomic bomb end up in a Soviet Gulag prison?
2015
December 2015
11
 4
Meditations
What caused the atomic spies of Los Alamos to do what they did? Somewhere in the zone between ideology and ego, monsters live.
November 2015
27
Visions
What does an atomic bomb scientist look like? Not just white men.
20
Redactions
Reading about the various radiation hazards in the Manhattan Project's history can be spine-tingling, even with a measured view of the dangers.
13
Redactions
At what point did the Manhattan Project scientists and administrators realize they weren't in a race with Nazi Germany after all?
 6
Visions
The popular version of Oppenheimer at Los Alamos is one of infinite competence, confidence, and charm. The reality is far more complex.
October 2015
30
Redactions
One of the most unusual, curious, and controversial members of the Manhattan Project was their in-house newspaperman from the New York Times.
23
Redactions
How far would Manhattan Project security go to deal with a problematic genius?
 9
Redactions
Niigata was one of the possible targets for atomic attack in 1945. Why was it spared? And why don't we ever talk about it?
September 2015
 4
Redactions
Did "Big Science" pioneer Ernest Lawrence believe that Japan should have been warned before Hiroshima?
August 2015
21
Meditations
Seven decades later, how do we talk about the atomic bombs?
 3
Meditations
Considering a few of the options that were on the table in 1945.
July 2015
17
Visions
What does the Trinity test signify, in the broad sweep of human history?
June 2015
12
Meditations
What remains of the Manhattan Project? A lot of documents. Some people. A few places. And a handful of artifacts.
May 2015
11
Redactions
Along with almost getting hit by a car, he made important contributions to the atomic bomb's design.
April 2015
10
Visions
The problem with thinking about the "critical mass" as a fixed quantity, and a new visualization to aid in thinking about it in a better way.
March 2015
 6
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In 1945, some scientists thought we should "demonstrate" the bomb to Japan before dropping it on a city. Others disagreed. Who was right?
February 2015
13
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The details of the two dozen Manhattan Project deaths at Los Alamos reveal much about the work of building the bomb, and the people who did it.
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