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Oppenheimer: Scientists, The Bomb, and the Implications for Today

July 31, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT


The film Oppenheimer, which opened in theaters in July, tells the story of American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who led the team that built the first atomic bomb, and later worked to curb the nuclear arms race. The scientific community has played a critical role in highlighting the dangers of nuclear weapons and their human and environmental impacts, as well as nuclear arms racing from the days of the Manhattan Project to the present. Prompted by the film, the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction held a webinar on July 31, 2023, to discuss:

  • The devastating human and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons testing and use
  • The role of scientists in the effort to halt the spread of nuclear weapons and reverse the nuclear arms race
  • The growing nuclear threat and how physicists can help reduce the danger today

Speakers included

  • Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), co-author of Radioactive Heaven and Earth and Nuclear Wastelands
  • Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund, Research Affiliate, Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy, MIT
  • Dr. Stewart Prager, Professor Emeritus of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University; The Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction
  • Dr. Frederick Lamb (Moderator), Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; The Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction

This webinar was co-sponsored by

– The APS Forum on Physics and Society
– The APS Forum on International Physics
– The APS Forum on the History and Philosophy of Physics


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July 31, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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