Manhattan Project

Fall/17

A reflection on the nuclear scientists who gave Mao’s China the bomb.

Fall/17

The age of nuclear weapons has been remarkably peaceful, but danger is ever present.

Fall/17

The subject of controversy when it was commissioned, Nuclear Energy has become a constant in the UChicago landscape.

Fall/17

The story of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is one of science, of war, and of people—those who made the experiment a success, those who strove to inform the public about the threats the breakthrough posed, and those tending its ambivalent legacies today.

Fall/17

The scientists who made CP-1 possible, and the thinkers tending its ambivalent legacy today.

Fall/17

Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard were comparable scientific visionaries but opposite personalities.

08.30.2017

The University marks the 75th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.

Summer/15

Physics professor Henry Frisch shares a piece of atomic history.
May–June/15

The impact of geochemist Clair C. Patterson, PhD’51, who determined the age of the earth and fought lead pollution.