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The Advent of the Atomic Bomb

By integrating science and history, this course on ColgateX will examine the scientific evolution of nuclear weapons and the historical context in which they were developed.
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About the Course

We will explore the scientific thought that made harnessing nuclear energy possible, the political pressure that shaped that process, and the ramifications of the bomb for science and politics during and immediately after the war.

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Twitter Play

Throughout the semester, students are researching historical figures related to the development and deployment of the atomic bomb. They are then posting to Twitter to recreate the story of the bomb, from the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945.