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How Was Nuclear Energy Discovered?

How Was Nuclear Energy Discovered?
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Nuclear power results from radiation, which was discovered around 1900. It took several decades after that for scientists to understand how to harness its energy – for power and for weapons.

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Image Sources: Wikimedia Commons, Deutsches Museum - Munich, IPFM, Acc. 90-105-Science Service, Records, 1920-1970s, Smithsonian Inst. Archives

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Alexander Glaser Alexander Glaser - Dr. Alexander Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He is a participant in the University’s Program on Science and Global Security and works with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, which publishes the annual Global Fissile Material Report.