Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi
Enrico Fermi
  • Born: September 29, 1901
  • Died: November 28, 1954
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Physicist

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Enrico Fermi was an Italian and naturalized-American physicist and the creator of the world's first nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1. He has been called the "architect of the nuclear age" and the "architect of the atomic bomb". He was one of very few physicists to excel in both theoretical physics and experimental physics. Fermi held several patents related to the use of nuclear power, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity by neutron bombardment and for the discovery of transuranium elements. He made significant contributions to the development of statistical mechanics, quantum theory, and nuclear and particle physics.

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A little bomb like that can make us all disappear Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Ignorance is never better than knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Such a weapon [the proposed Hydrogen Bomb] goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide. It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country... The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
They are already here...they are called Hungarians! Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Before I came here I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture I am still confused. But on a higher level.
If I could remember the names of all these particles, I'd be a botanist.
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The fundamental point in fabricating a chain reacting machine is of course to see to it that each fission produces a certain number of neutrons and some of these neutrons will again produce fission.
There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.
There's two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.