Enrico Fermi, the namesake of our laboratory, was a giant in experimental and particle physics. His best-known achievement was the first sustained nuclear chain reaction, an event that took place 75 years ago at the University of Chicago, ushering in the Atomic Age.
Three-quarters of a century later, we recognize this momentous event in the history of physics. The University of Chicago and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cordially invite you to a free, open-to-the-public event, “The Nuclear Past is Prologue: A Conversation with Valerie Plame, 75 Years After Fermi” on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Little Theater, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. The conversation takes place from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by a reception and a viewing of the exhibit “Turn Back the Clock.”
Please register by Friday, Sept. 15. Seating is limited.
This event is one in a series recognizing the historic significance of this development, so the University of Chicago is organizing a series of public events to commemorate, discuss and debate the complex legacy of what transpired 75 years ago. The Nuclear Reactions commemoration will explore questions around the experiment’s long-term impact on nuclear physics and engineering, subsequent applications in medicine and nuclear energy, and the difficult issue of the experiment’s integral role in the development of nuclear fission weapons.
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