Recent news reports claim that if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could get his hands on some uranium he could have a nuclear weapon built in less than six months. Is this cause for alarm? Larry Campbell, professor of physics at Hobart and William Smith and co-author of “The Nuclear Predicament,” will give a talk to discuss such possibilities and to help the general public gain a better understanding of nuclear weapons.
Campbell's talk is titled “Nuclear Weapons: How to Make One — Why Can't Saddam Do It?” and will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Coxe 8. The lecture is intended for a general, not scientifically trained, audience. After introducing the audience to the basic scientific and engineering principles of nuclear explosives, Campbell will explain the technical difficulties that a potential builder would have to overcome in order to make a nuclear weapon.