Nuclear 101: How Nuclear Bombs Work Part 1/2

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Lecture with Matthew Bunn, Associate Professor of Public Policy; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom

Slides from the presentation are available here: http://belfercenter.org/files/HowNuclearBombsWork.pdf

More information: http://belfercenter.org/MTA
September 10, 2013

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Brian McNulty says:

If that whole putting the dueterium into the pit to cause a fusion reaction at the same time as the fission isn't the classified part, I wanna know what the classified part is.

zerendipity says:

Never though I would get the basic understanding, well taught, not locked in explaining in complicated terms at all, so well delivered. Was always wondering how they can be sooo powerful, now that guessing can rest 😛

Drake Dragon says:

Ah ha…Deterium is the key!

Drake Dragon says:

Ah just like smashing a picolopete…no wonder they explode on me!

Al Gilmore says:

I thought shampoo was involved in the mechanism somewhere. I guess the A-team were not a good source of technical information.

Anthony Francis-Jones says:

I am a physicist and this is one of the clearest and well organised explanation to the layman and scientist on this topic – excellent presentation.

Madu Official says:

Black SUV just pulled up next to my house.

Wiley Coyote says:

A brief history of smiths and smithing:
The Roman Empire, which was around the birth of Jesus, and Crusades, in the 11th Century through the 13th century, were a golden era of locksmithing rivaling the works of Cellini. The commerce of the period led to a need to protect valuables and locks were purchased by the merchants, governments, and officials. The locksmiths developed a Guild for apprenticeship and one became first a journeyman and then a master by developing his own lock system. The oldest known handgun was developed in China in the early 13th century where they invented gunpowder. In the mid-15th century, the matchlock, musket, or blunderbuss appeared in Europe where lever ignited a match held by a "serpentine" onto gunpowder in a flash pan which was a small bowl-shaped plate at the breech or rear, igniting the priming powder. The flash traveled through a touchhole to discharge a projectile through a barrel. The Egyptians were known for the invention of the pin tumbler that was later given an iron casing by the Greeks and springs by the Romans. The ancient technique of raising is one foundation of metalsmithing as it requires only a hammer and a solid form on which to bend metals. In raising a vessel the center is punched and a circle is cut. The edge is filed and the disk is annealed. Stretching, sinking, and crimping, is done in a domed surface and then transferred to a stake where it is hammered and rotated. You may use a compass for guidelines. It is then planished which flattens, hardens and polishes the vessel, after which straightness is checked. Stretching and sinking will give flat sheets their simplest volume using dies and flat surfaces such as an anvil. Seaming, die forming and anticlastic raising are also used. Hot and cold rolling was used until the slitting mills of the Renaissance to develop sheets and flatten. Many Occults practices stem from the Medieval and Renaissance period and include instructions in the transmutation of metals and magic regarding rings, etc. The Archimedes principle developed by the Greek physicist Archimedes at about 240 BC was the first way to distinguish between a gold and silver item of the same size and appearance because of buoyancy. Is is under discrepancy whether he developed this method for his king and crown being cheated with silver by the smith. Was Einstein merely good at the buoyancy of air and space? How do these apply to the explosive properties of general distilled matter and the discovery of radiation on photo plates? Did Einstein make a political deal during wartime to be used as a cover-up for the bomb? Is the bomb simply refined and distilled hot radioactive rocks made into highly explosive "gunpowder?" A giant mortar and pestle and separation process of a rare explosive element, so to speak, seems like the basic process. Is this merely rare Uranium gunpowder that is hard to mine and process?

STT VOYAGER says:

Awesome lecture thank you.

Israel Miller says:

I'm 15 minutes in, and realized , D.C. Current is relevant!

KhmerD0g says:

hahhaaaa
he is selling books

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