Science Under the Dome: The Manhattan Project - how nuclear physics changed the world

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Join us for our Science Under the Dome lectures January through May at the WSU Planetarium.

Join us Wednesday March 7, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. for The Manhattan Project - how nuclear physics changed the world

Presented by Cameron Reed
Department of Physics, Alma College

The Manhattan Project was the United States Army’s effort to develop and use nuclear weapons in World War II. After two and one-half years of intense work and great expense, Project scientists succeeded in developing two very different designs for fission bombs, one of which used uranium and the other plutonium. One bomb of each type was dropped on Japan in August, 1945, and helped to bring the war to an end. In this talk, which will be aimed at a general audience, Professor Reed will give an overview of the Manhattan Project, touching on issues such as its origins, organization, major personalities, facilities, accomplishments, challenges encountered, and why two different bomb designs were necessary. He will also describe the effects of the bombs and the continuing legacy of the Project in the form of today’s world nuclear arsenals, and comment briefly on some interesting but lesser-known aspects of the Project and some of the persistent popular myths that still surround it.

Seating in the planetarium is limited to 60 people. Please RSVP after 1/17/18  to reserve your seat.

Wayne State University Planetarium 0209 Old Main
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201

For more information about this event, please contact Megan McCullen at 313-577-6455 or

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