The Origins of Nuclear Forensics: Making VERMONT and the U.S. Detection of the First Soviet Atomic Test

Michael Gordin, Princeton University

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, Regional Colloquium

Friday, September 12, 2008 - 1:00pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by social hour and light dinner Location: The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St. The Philadelphia Area Colloquium in History of Science, Technology and Medicine reconvenes with discussion of a draft chapter from Gordin's forthcoming book. The book, provisionally titled "Red Cloud at Dawn: Stalin, Truman and the Flow of Atomic Knowledge," describes how the United States and the Soviet Union constructed knowledge of foreign nuclear programs during the “atomic monopoly,” from the end of the Second World War through the first Soviet atomic test.