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Scientific Controversies #7 Containment
Dec 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
Scientists pursue blue-sky ideas uncontained. When Einstein proposed his most famous equation E=mc^2, he did not foresee its application to nuclear power. When Neils Bohr struggled with the new quantum theory, he never imagined its application to nuclear weaponry. After Lise Meitner contributed to the discovery of nuclear fission, she later said, “I will have nothing to do with a bomb!” Yet each of them, if inadvertently, had something to do with the bomb. The need to contain stockpiles of nuclear weapons and radioactive waste seems indisputable. But what about the imagination and ideas that lead to their creation, can they be contained? Janna Levin invites her guests to discuss the implications and viability of containment.
Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University, author, and filmmaker.
(Second guest to be announced soon.)
Janna Levin Professor of Astrophysics Barnard/Columbia, Scientist-in-Residence at Pioneer Works