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Desc:Dramatization of a true story from the Manhattan Project.
Category:Classic Movies, Science & Technology
Tags:Nuclear, atom bomb, Oppenheimer, Atomic Bomb, Oakridge Cake
Submitted:Planck's Length
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Comment count is 12
Rape Van Winkle - 2011-01-26
Oh ya, I read about this guy. But he didn't die. His face swelled up, and peeled off like cooked turkey meat, revealing a normal face underneath. I didn't know he was John Cusack though.
Rape Van Winkle - 2011-01-26
No. Who am I thinking of whose face melted?

cognitivedissonance - 2011-01-26
The poem written for the funeral of the guy Cusack's character is based on (Louis Slotin):

"May God receive you, great-souled scientist!
While you were with us, even strangers knew
The breadth and lofty stature of your mind
Twas only in the crucible of death
We saw at last your noble heart revealed."

Charon - 2011-01-26
Er. Wiki says different?

autoplonk - 2011-01-26
Local boy. Buried here. Died rather horribly.


glasseye - 2011-01-26
This experiment was so risky that most scientists refused to perform it. This guy was brave/stupid enough that he did so dozens of times.

Fermi predicted he would be dead within a year when he heard about it.
pastorofmuppets - 2011-01-26
Just realized that there are videos on YouTube of people's homemade fluoroscopes.

Oscar Wildcat - 2011-01-26
You'd think with the money and importance surrounding this project, that they could have afforded to break up a micrometer and use the screw portion to raise and lower the beryllium reflector w/ respect to the stationary half. You might actually get reproducible results from that. But fuck it, screwdrivers and cowboy boots boys, this is 'Murica!
StanleyPain - 2011-01-26
When I first saw this film my immediate thought was how stupid a way to test the criticality this was and I was blown away they couldn't think of a better way to do it.
Of course, it turns out, that constructing a better way would have just taken too much time and these guys wanted to do their SCIENCE! shit as fast as possible just to prove they could do it.

The real guy, Slotin, is generally considered a hero because he could have very well just run away which would have probably resulted in far worse.
Repomancer - 2011-01-27
Um, gang, the events as depicted in the film are, to put it kindly, only loosely based on what happened. You know, Hollywood? Where not everything necessarily depicts reality? Slotin and Daghlian (killed by the Demon Core months earlier) both died well after the Manhattan Project was over. The apparatus used to assemble the core was nothing like what the movie showed, either. It was of course wildly dangerous and more than a little foolish, as events showed, but taking everything you see in the movies as literal truth is not a terribly good idea either.

Tobster - 2011-01-26
This has been here before:


but this clip was better quality and lacked any Laura Dern crying face, which I think makes it better, but maybe it makes it worse.
MacGyver Style Bomb - 2011-01-27
I thought so.

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