Matthew T. Sneddon
History of the atomic bomb from the beginning of nuclear physics to the security hearing of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Includes a study of the scientific achievements that made the bomb possible, the decision to deploy the bomb, the moral misgivings of the scientists involved.
This course examines the history of nuclear weapons, primarily in the United States, from the turn of the century to the 1960s. We will explore the interactions between the science and technology of the bomb, and the broader political, military, diplomatic, and popular cultures.
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