September 12, 2008
Michael Gordin, Princeton University
The Origins of Nuclear Forensics: Making VERMONT and the U.S. Detection of the First Soviet Atomic Test
Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, Regional Colloquium
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by social hour and light dinner
Location: The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
The Philadelphia Area Colloquium in History of Science, Technology and Medicine reconvenes with discussion of a draft chapter from Gordin’s forthcoming book. The book, provisionally titled “Red Cloud at Dawn: Stalin, Truman and the Flow of Atomic Knowledge,” describes how the United States and the Soviet Union constructed knowledge of foreign nuclear programs during the “atomic monopoly,” from the end of the Second World War through the first Soviet atomic test.