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“The Making of the Atomic Bomb” author, Richard Rhodes, to speak at AMSE

Watch The Light of New Fires lecture



The 18th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series continues on Thursday, October 22, with a special treat, featuring Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. The title of the presentation on October 22 is The Light of New Fires: Energy Challenges Yesterday and Today . This presentation is jointly sponsored as part of Nuclear Science Week in the Knoxville/Oak Ridge area by UT Battelle, LLC, the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association, and Friends of ORNL. The event is free of charge and will be held at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A reception will be held in the museum lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. (snacks will be served), and the lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The author will be available after the lecture to autograph his books, some of which will be available from the gift shop at the museum. This talk should be of interest to the general public, but especially to residents of the Knoxville/Oak Ridge area.

The country (and indeed the world) is in the midst of a wide-spread energy transition. Energy transitions are not new, and today the challenge is the need to limit greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. Energy transitions take time because whole societies have to change their economies and infrastructure to accommodate new energy systems. Other centuries faced different challenges. This presentation will take the audience on a tour across 350 years of energy transitions.

0Rhodes Author - 1000HRichard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-five works of fiction, history and memoir including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History; Arsenals of Folly, about the last years of the Cold War; The Twilight of the Bombs, about the post-Cold War challenges of nuclear weapons and international policy; and, most recently, Hell and Good Company, a history of the Spanish Civil War which focuses on breakthroughs in military technology and medicine.

Rhodes has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television’s Frontline and American Experience series. He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Stanford University. He lives near San Francisco, on Half Moon Bay.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit http://science.energy.gov/.

The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) is an organization of people who are interested in Oak Ridge’s rich history.

The Friends of ORNL (FORNL) is an organization formed to facilitate and maintain a beneficial association of those who have an interest in ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory).

Source: Friends of ORNL press release
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