Nearly eight decades ago, when Allied forces and Nazi Germany were locked in mortal combat in World War II, American and German scientists were engaged in another desperate fight: a race to be the first to develop the atomic bomb. We know how it turned out. But just how close did the Nazis come to … Continue reading How close did the Nazis come to building an atomic bomb?
In the late 1930s and into the 1940s, with much of the world engulfed by war, a group of scientists began to coalesce in the United States to build a weapon of unparalleled destructive power: an atomic bomb. Time was of the essence, as opposing forces in Germany were working towards the same objective. In … Continue reading Meet the Hornigs: building the bomb
Irving Langmuir won a Nobel Prize and accidently boosted a hurricane. Jeff Glorfeld reports.
Mark Oliphant was one of the engineers of the Manhattan Project, but later became a campaigner for peace. Jeff Glorfeld reports.
Document reveals that atomic bomb researcher bridled at American intentions for nuclear research, and blew the whistle. Andrew Masterson reports.
In the second of a three-part series, Zing Tsjeng looks at the neglected contributions of female scientists through history.