#76 – Operation Alsos

#76 – Operation Alsos

Of course, while the bomb was being designed, they had to figure out how they were going to deliver it. And WHO was going to deliver it. Way back in March 1944, the US Army Air Force, with William Sterling “Deak” Parsons and his team at Los Alamos, developed two...
#75 – The Beer Can Experiment

#75 – The Beer Can Experiment

* President Roosevelt authorized the Manhattan Project to go full steam 26 days after Fermi’s success, on 28 December 1942 * The U.S. would end up spending $2 billion on it. (about $22 billion in 2018 dollars) * Do you know why it cost so much? * 130,000 people * When...
#73 – k

#73 – k

* Fission involved breaking apart the nuclei of heavy elements like uranium or plutonium. * Fusion involves forcing the nuclei of lighter elements, like hydrogen or deuterium, together. * And deuterium, which is basically heavy hydrogen, is far easier to get your...