Originally published at: https://bigideas.network/the-nuclear-forces/
On the 2nd of December 1942 in a small lab in the center of Chicago, human beings crossed a threshold as a species as we tapped into a fundamental force of the universe.
Physicist Enrico Fermi stood in front of Chicago Pile 1. The world’s first nuclear reactor.
The same technology would be used 3 years later to drop two bombs to end WWII, and would escalate post-war tensions into a question of global catastrophe or survival.