The Fallout of Chicago Pile-1

The critically important Chicago Pile-1 experiment midwifed both nuclear energy and nuclear weaponry into our world. Few single experiments have shaped human society with the depth of the first controlled nuclear chain reaction. This talk outlines the social impacts of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power during the last 75 years. Beyond this survey, it examines the discourse of human competence that belies both nuclear technologies and facilitates beliefs that we can control apocalyptic weaponry, and safely manage high-level nuclear waste for thousands of generations.