Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

CORE S138   Advent of the Atomic Bomb
Credits1
RestrictionsNo 2024 2023 Instr perm req during Drop/Add
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DistributionNone
Core AreaScientific Perspectives

Examines the scientific evolution of nuclear weapons and the historical context in which they were developed. World War II made urgent the exploitation of atomic power for military purposes. Topics include the scientific thought that made harnessing nuclear power possible, the political pressure that shaped that process, the ramifications of the bomb for science and politics during and immediately after the war, and the subsequent impact of nuclear bomb use on the population and the environment. Includes consideration of post-WWII developments of nuclear weapons, weapons testing, and nuclear power generation, with an emphasis on their environmental impact.