On Sunday, December 2, 2012, I gathered together a group of nuclear professionals to talk about the impact to human history of the construction and operation of Critical Pile 1 (CP-1). That simple assembly of graphite, uranium, and uranium dioxide was built in about 6 weeks. When measurements taken during construction indicated that the system was large enough to sustain a chain reaction, Enrico Fermi scheduled a test. It worked as expected on the first try.
Fission, a power source that releases 2 million times as much energy per unit mass as burning the most densely concentrated hydrocarbon fuel, worked fine. If the discovery had taken place at any other time in human history, progress would have been made far more quickly to turn that new power source into an amazing boon for mankind. As it has turned out, we have made progress and developed a reliable alternative to burning fossil fuel, but there is still vast untapped potential.
Guests on this show include:
Margaret Harding – 4 Factor Consulting
Leslie Corrice – The Hiroshima Syndrome
Will Davis – Atomic Power Review
Suzy Hobbs Baker – PopAtomic Studios
Kirk Sorensen – Co-Founder, Flibe Energy and creator of Energy from Thorium
I hope you all enjoy this show as much as I enjoyed hosting the conversation.