Thursday, August 6, 2015

Repeat: UC-Berkeley History

Today is the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The Manhattan Project which developed the bomb was co-directed by Prof. J. Robert Oppenheimer of UC-Berkeley’s physics department.

In 1980, BBC produced a seven-part series about the Project, Oppenheimer, and goings on at the time at Berkeley. You can now see the whole series on YouTube. Highly recommended by yours truly.

Links below:

Part 1: [link below]
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:
Part 6:
Part 7:

The Manhattan Project and its connection to Berkeley are the reasons UC remains involved in the Dept. of Energy labs. This blog post is essentially a repeat of one that appeared on July 16 on the 70th anniversary of the testing of the first bomb in New Mexico.

As a side note, the front page of the LA Times shown above also contains an obituary for California U.S. Senator Hiram Johnson who, as governor in 1911, brought California "direct democracy" - the initiative, referendum, and recall - along with women's suffrage and workers' compensation insurance.

Part 1 of the BBC series:

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