CP-1: The 'Big Bang' of Big Science Abstract

Chicago Pile-1 marked a milestone in science -- and, indeed, in human history. But beyond the scientific impact of that first human-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, CP-1 forever changed the way scientists and institutions work together, creating a new interdisciplinary model that reshaped the University's approach to scientific research and led directly to the founding of the National Laboratories and today's big science initiatives.