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Night with a Nerd with Phil Goldstone

Thinking about Nuclear Deterrence in Today's World.
August 29, 2019
The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presents the 2019 summer installment of "Night with a Nerd."


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Bradbury Science Museum Association members can attend this event for free!

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presents the 2019 summer installment of "Night with a Nerd."

For over 75 years now, scientists at Los Alamos have deliberated about what it means to live in an atomic age and debated whether it’s possible, or even desirable, to put the atomic genie back in the bottle. Phil Goldstone will be at projectY cowork to talk about nuclear deterrence, what it meant in 1945, and how it impacts and influences our world today.

Observing the Gadget’s successful debut in the Trinity test in 1945, witnesses of the event experienced many emotions. Some were simply relieved that everything went as planned, that the shot wasn’t a dud. Others were captivated by the magnitude and magnificence of the explosion and immediately understood that their work was far from over.

With the end of WWII, work at Los Alamos turned from the Manhattan Project and the nation faced a future fraught with unanswered questions about nuclear weapons. While weapons research continued, scientists on the mesa began to turn their research increasingly toward the specific and distinct issues of materials research and applications, national security, and the need to address the inevitability of a world with multiple nuclear-capable nations.

Today, research at the Lab remains focused on national security priorities, with nuclear deterrence and stockpile stewardship at the forefront of the Lab’s mission, and nuclear deterrence remains a hotly debated topic, nationally and around the globe. Please join Phil Goldstone, a former Legislative Fellow and Senior National Security Science Advisor, on Thursday, September 12, for his presentation on nuclear deterrence and the complex issues surrounding it.

When: Sep 12, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Admission is free for Bradbury Science Museum Association members and $10.00 for the general public. Please register as space is limited.

Visit www.bradburyassociation.org to register or join the BSMA.