Nuclear Pathways makes information on historic and current nuclear issues more accessible and comprehensible to the public, educators, and students from middle school through graduate programs. Beginning with the Manhattan Project, the massive scientific and technological effort that produced the first atomic bombs, nuclear issues have had a profound effect on every aspect of society. Nuclear issues have influenced the evolution of science and technology, arts and humanities, as well as the domestic politics of many nations and international relations.
The Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues provides a broad, balanced annotated bibliography for the study of nuclear issues. This searchable collection includes books, articles, films, CD-ROMs, and websites. All annotations have been reviewed by members of the library's prestigious National Advisory Board. It is the mission of the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues to make the history and current status of nuclear issues more accessible and comprehensible to the general public as well as to students and educators in the many fields influenced by the forces of the nuclear age.
This site covers the science, history and consequences of the atomic age. Discover the world-changing events and decisions that led to developing the first atomic bomb, from Hiroshima to today's post-Cold War era. Learn about basic atomic physics, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion to understand how nuclear weapons work. Explore the effects of nuclear weapons, and ponder several "what-if" scenarios. Pore over the detailed history section and stories of the first nuclear reactor and the first nuclear test in the New Mexico desert. Read biographies of the nuclear pioneers including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Albert Einstein, Edward Teller and Hans Bethe. For educators: discover such teaching aids as interactive maps, a nuclear-age timeline, glossary of terms, animations. Peruse the Nuclear News section for topical summaries of current events in the nuclear world.
ChemCases website covers the basic concepts of nuclear chemistry. It begins with Chadwick's discovery of the neutron and the rapid elucidation of the decay and fission of the heavy element atoms. The site describes the chemistry of the actinide elements and shows how isolation of uranium isotopes and the discovery and isolation of the synthetic element plutonium led to weapons in the hands of the Allies and ended World War II. It also explores the legacy of radiation: the fear of contamination, the problems in the generation of nuclear power, the widespread medical uses of radioisotopes, and the worldwide question, as yet unsolved, of what should be done with nuclear byproducts.
From nuclear proliferation to nuclear testing, from Hiroshima to North Korea, Nuclear Files offers the A to Z on nuclear issues. By providing access to primary source documents, historical and background information, and analysis, Nuclear Files is an excellent educational resource that explores the political, legal and ethical challenges of the Nuclear Age. Nuclear Files connects educators from various disciplines, offering a resource section with study guides and sample syllabi for various courses. The site features a timeline of the history of the Nuclear Age, as well as the latest developments in nuclear issues worldwide. Nuclear Files also includes primary source documents, data and graphs, biographies of key individuals, as well as a media gallery with photos, video and audio clips.