The First Nuclear Chain Reaction – Enrico Fermi and Henry Moore – ARCHIVE
The Italian physicist Enrico Fermi set off the first nuclear chain reaction in an underground tennis-court at the University of Chicago in December 1942. His experiment led directly to the building of the plutonium bomb that destroyed the city of Nagasaki.
There are competing claims as to the beginning of the nuclear age. Was it the day of Trinity, was it Hiroshima, or was it Fermi with his willingness to risk a nuclear explosion in the middle of a crowded city.
But more important than the date is the need to comprehend the fundamental change that the beginning of the nuclear age has brought about. Albert Einstein said that the [ . . . ]
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George Monbiot is a British political activist and author. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian of London. Monbiot is currently visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University. He is the recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement presented by Nelson Mandela.
George Monbiot has written a new book, The Age of Consent, published by Harper Collins in London. In it he lays out the problems of globalization, the dictatorship of institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade Organization and the UN Security Council and he comes up with a surprising solution.
George Monbiot was interviewed by Jeff Blankfort on KZYX radio in November 2003.
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On a windy evening in the summer of 1988 two of the great environmentalists of our time had their first and only meeting on the Marin Headlands. Their paths should have crossed many times; both mountain climbers, they trekked in the Himalayan mountains, both are almost cult figures with their followers. When they finally met they
discovered that they were the same age, 86. This is the only recording, and the first broadcast, of that meeting.
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