nuclear image“The splitting of the atom has changed everything… except the way we think.”
– Albert Einstein    

At 05:29:45 a.m. on July 15, 1945, at the Trinity Site in New Mexico, the world changed,  and it will never be the same.  But as Albert Einstein observed, people haven’t yet changed very much.

Michael Chriss, a University of Arizona professor of astronomy and Academy Village resident, will present the first talk in a four-part series of lectures discussing nuclear issues at the Arizona Senior Academy.

His lecture, entitled “The Bomb: From Roentgen to Hiroshima,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy building on the campus of Academy Village, 13715 E. Langtry Lane, Tucson.

Chriss will give a brief account of the birth of the nuclear age from Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays to the Manhattan Project and the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. He will describe its challenges to human survival, and how we have met them thus far.

Michael Chriss
Michael Chriss

Before he retired Chris was Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at San Francisco State University and Professor of Astronomy and Humanities at the College of San Mateo, where he had been teaching since 1966. He received his degrees in astronomy at the University of Arizona with further studies in History of Art and Science at U C Berkeley, Stanford, and Oxford University.

The series, “Life in the Nuclear Age,” will feature subsequent talks by Phineas Anderson (“Nuclear Disarmament,” 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22), Russell Lowes (“The Problems with Nuclear Energy,” 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29), and Philip Kuo (“Nuclear Medicine,” 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6).

The lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested by calling 647-0980.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

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‘Nuclear Age’ Series Begins With Talk on The Bomb : October 2014
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