The Nuclear Forces

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.

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