The Manhattan Project placed the lives of scientists and staff in New Mexico at great risk. One plutonium core in particular claimed two lives over the course of two years, earning it the epithet "The Demon Core." What happened? What did we learn from it? What was its eventual fate? We're going critical in this week's podcast.
Cynthia C. Kelly and Richard Rhodes. The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2009.
Jonathan M. Weisgall. Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll. Naval Institute Press, 1994.
Alex Wellerstein. "The Third Core’s Revenge." Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog, August 16, 2013. Accessed October 13, 2014.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)