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Understanding the atom was exclusively a pursuit of scientists for a long time. There was a time when the workings of these tiny particles were of no consequence to ordinary people. That time ended over fifty years ago, when scientists irrefutably demonstrated the power of the atom to the world, yet there are many who still fail to comprehend the physics behind this awesome technology. Addressing a general audience, we explain the physics behind this technology, connecting it to popular history, current issues and prospects for the future. Additionally, we provide a forum for users to discuss material presented on this site and express their thoughts regarding various issues. Enjoy reading the interactive material, taking the self-tests, and debating political issues with others. Most of all, have fun.
The Physics: a number of lessons on how and why our nuclear technology works
Weapons and Warfare: the most well known and feared impact of nuclear technology
Political Issues: the policies regulating the nuclear industry are hotly debated. Here the issues are objectively outlined
Think some people have the wrong opinion about nuclear issues? Not sure what your own opinion should be? In either case, come to The Forum, discuss issues with other users, convince or be convinced
Site last updated: October 28, 1996