Fermi’s folly, Wigner’s wisdom

(guest post by Charles Barton) Both Eugene Wigner and Enrico Fermi were brilliant scientists. Both made enormous contributions to the theoretical and practical development of atomic energy. Their educational background was different, and for this reason their thinking about long-range reactor design diverged. Fermi was a classic physicist. Fermi thought of reactors first in terms […]

Raymond Clare Briant

In 1957 Alvin Weinberg presented a paper whose ostensive lead author, Raymond Clare Briant had been dead for three years. This is a procedure is science to memorialize a scientist who had made a significant contribution to a research project but who had died before the contribution could be recorded in a scientific paper. In […]