You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, November 2, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. John Schaumloffel, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, will present a talk titled, “An Early History of the Atomic Bomb.” Abstract: As scientists solved the mysteries of the structure of the atom from the late 19th into the early 20th century, the concept of the nucleus, nuclear structure and the enormous amount of energy contained within it became clear. Equipped with more advanced and powerful scientific tools, chemists and physicists soon realized that the nucleus could be manipulated to release enormous amounts of energy. The rate at which that energy is released distinguishes between the peaceful exploitation and weaponization of this enormous source of energy. As World War II approached scientists across the globe began to separate across the Allied/Axis divide, realized the dangers of openly publishing their work, and pursued both controlled and uncontrolled nuclear fission using different approaches. They also had available to them very different resources and worked under different leadership priorities. For the Allies, this led to the Manhattan Project, the first controlled and sustained fission reactor and eventually the first detonation of a nuclear device. This talk will explore some of the important scientific achievements, political realities and organizational challenges that lead to the detonation of the “Gadget” near Alamogordo, NM in July 1945.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to October 31. Vegetarian meals are available.