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Atoms for Peace Past, Present and Future

May 3, 2008

Alpha Nu Sigma and MIT Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering present
Susan Eisenhower
“Atoms for Peace Past, Present and Future”
David J. Rose Lecture in Nuclear Technology
May 1, 2008

On December 8, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the United Nations and proposed a plan for the development of the peaceful uses of atomic energy — to find “the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.” A robust beginning for nuclear power in the fifties and sixties was met, some decades later, by skepticism, concern and indifference.

Today, fifty-five years later, the world is re-thinking the importance of nuclear energy in the context of rising global electrical demand and climate change concerns. What needs to be done to make nuclear power an efficient, reliable and safe alternative to fossil fuels? Does American have the political will for a nuclear renaissance in this country and the desire to see it happen overseas?

Watch the complete lecture here. Click on “Video” (next to “Abstract”) – requires RealPlayer.

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