A primer on nuclear weapons, from the science of fission and fusion to the pursuit of mutual assured destruction, the SALT treaties, and the Bomb in pop culture.
Although the world's attention has shifted to drone-controlled bombing and cyberwarfare, the threat of nuclear war still exists. There are now fourteen thousand nuclear weapons in the hands of the nine declared nuclear powers. Even though the world survived the Cold War, we need to understand what it means to live with nuclear weapons. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Mark Wolverton offers a primer on nuclear weapons, from the science of fission and fusion to the pursuit of mutual assured destruction, the SALT and START agreements, and the Bomb in pop culture.
As ofMarch 7, 2022...
My new book Nuclear Weapons is now available from MIT Press.
March 2, 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the night that Pioneer 10, humanity's first spacecraft to the stars, left Earth forever. On this edition of the Planetary Society's Space Policy podcast, I discuss Pioneer 10's legacy and the lessons it still holds for future unmanned missions.
In this article for SPIE's Photonics Focus, I explain how a new generation of computers operates not by pushing around electrons, but photons of light.
Everyone loves the cool 3D holographic imagery in science fiction films and TV shows such as Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Star Trek. Why don't we have it yet in the year 2022? I explain why in my article for SPIE's Photonics Focus magazine.