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Problems of Nuclear Disarmament-Physics 239

Illinois Wesleyan University
Professor: Raymond G. Wilson May Term 

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Textbooks:

  • Naomi Shohno, THE LEGACY OF HIROSHIMA: ITS PAST, OUR FUTURE
  • James Warf, ALL THINGS NUCLEAR (Contact Instructor in class.)
  • Keiji Nakazawa, BAREFOOT GEN (Sheean Library Reserve)
  • The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (Sheean Library Reserve)
  • Also, Selected Readings (SR), and Physics Notes. (Supplied in class.)

First Week

Goals:

  • Understand what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Learn how we have arrived at our present situation.
  • Understand the physical effects of nuclear weapons.
  • Try to comprehend what nuclear war would mean.
  • Begin our study of physics: The four forces of nature, concepts of energy, conservation laws, atomic and nuclear physics.

So read:

  • SR: (assigned in class)
  • Shohno: Chs: 1-4 Warf: Chs: 1-3
  • Barefoot Gen: Vol. 1, on library reserve

 

AV materials:

  • Hiroshima Survivors Recollect 
  • Hiroshima Decision
  • The Price of Peace and Freedom 
  • Powers of Ten
  • Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes 
  • Pika Don, and Guide to Armageddon

Second Week

Goals:

  • Learn the effects of nuclear technology and nuclear weapons on people and on the
  • Environment. Basics of nuclear bomb design, fission and fusion.
  • Understand how nuclear weapons can be delivered.
  • Learn how a nuclear reactor works and understand what happened at Chernobyl.

So read:

  • Shohno: Chs: 5, 6, 7
  • Warf: Chs: 4, 5
  • SR: finish; finish Physics Notes
  • Barefoot Gen: Vol. 2, 3

AV materials:

  • Prophecy 
  • Black Rain
  • A Mother's Prayer 
  • Half Life, and Radio Bikini
  • Conservation Laws in Zero-g 
  • The Day After Trinity
  • Mission of Mercy 
  • Barefoot Gen

Third Week

Goals:

  • Understand peaceful applications of nuclear physics.
  • Work on possible solutions to the war problem.
  • Learn about the costs of World Militarism.
  • Find solution to the war problem. How will war end?
  • Consider your topic summaries.
  • Successfully complete the final exam.

So read:

  • Warf: Chs: 10c, 11, 12
  • Shohno: Chs: 8, 9
  • Barefoot Gen: Vol. 4

AV materials:

  • The Bomb's Lethal Legacy 
  • Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang
  • Controlling Interests 
  • Life in the Third World?
  • Fury in the Pacific
  • Goodbye War 
  • A Visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Additional appropriate "Japanese" film, video, and reading is also part of this course.
(All in three weeks.)