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2017
May 2017
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Was the first history of the atomic bomb biased towards physics to avoid public associations with chemical weapons? My take on a recent article.
2015
December 2015
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November 2015
 6
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The popular version of Oppenheimer at Los Alamos is one of infinite competence, confidence, and charm. The reality is far more complex.
October 2015
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One of the most unusual, curious, and controversial members of the Manhattan Project was their in-house newspaperman from the New York Times.
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Some notes on doing historical consulting for the period-piece, neo-noir drama, "Manhattan."
September 2015
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Did "Big Science" pioneer Ernest Lawrence believe that Japan should have been warned before Hiroshima?
July 2015
17
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What does the Trinity test signify, in the broad sweep of human history?
May 2015
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Along with almost getting hit by a car, he made important contributions to the atomic bomb's design.
March 2015
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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?
January 2015
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 9Oppenheimer photo courtesy of the of the Emilio Segrè Visual Archive; photo of the hearing transcript by Alex Wellerstein.
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In October 2014, the lost Oppenheimer security hearing transcripts were released. This is the story behind the story.
2014
August 2014
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Did Truman fundamentally misunderstand the atomic bomb because of a debate over its use?
June 2014
 6
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Most of Feynman's stories about the bomb are about his hijinks. But what did he really do on the Manhattan Project, and what did he think about the bomb?
May 2014
23
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What did Oppenheimer mean when he famously said, "Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds"? A foray into the Bhagavad-Gita.
2013
November 2013
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A portrait of a year in flux, when the possibilities of a new order moved from the limitless to the concrete.
September 2013
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How did an article about the work at the Los Alamos laboratory come to be published in March 1944?
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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.
August 2013
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Why was a second bomb used against Japan, so soon after Hiroshima? A review of several theories.
July 2013
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Two new photoessays about the first atomic bomb and its creators.
May 2013
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Meditations
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?
April 2013
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Blacking something out is only a step away from highlighting its importance, and the void makes us curious.
March 2013
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January 2013
22H-bomb history drawing, by George Gamow
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The U.K. Atomic Energy Authority's bizarre coat of arms, and more H-bomb drawings from George Gamow.
2012
November 2012
15
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What would make a nuclear bomb attack even worse? How about a nuclear attack that generates its own thunderstorm?
October 2012
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Did Truman know about the radiation effects of the atomic bombs before they were used? Does it matter?
September 2012
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A debate by Leo Szilard and Edward Teller on the moral responsibility of the scientist just before the bombing of Hiroshima.
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Nuclear strategy is one part cold logic, one part emotional terror.
August 2012
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The security badges produced for the Los Alamos project present a dizzying display of the many people who worked on the atomic bomb.
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What would have happened if the planes carrying the first atomic bombs had crashed on takeoff? Bad things.
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What the first technical history of the atomic bomb did — and didn't — say about the work of designing the bomb.
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