Note: this is the third of three parts of the essay. The first two parts were published yesterday and the day before (see links at the bottom of the page).
Note: this is the second of three parts of the essay. The first part was published yesterday and the third will be published tomorrow (see links at the bottom of the page).
Note: this is the first of three parts of the essay. The other two parts will be published over the next two days (see links at the bottom of the page).
Sakharov-Zeldovich's joint memo dated January 14, 1954 (16 pp., handwritten), "On the use of device for compression of the super-device" was a turning point in H-bomb research, but the key idea of radiation implosion was not still in sight.
What is the hottest problem in fundamental physics today? Physics aficionados most probably would answer: quantum gravity. Of all the fundamental forces of nature, only gravity still stands outside the rubric of the quantum theory.
The inventor of the Soviet hydrogen bomb became an advocate of peace and human rights. What led him to his fateful decision?
KGB archives reveal that the Soviet genius co-authored an anti-Stalin manifesto