Postmortems

A failure of technology? "...

A failure of technology? “… failing to account for the generation of Tritium from Lithium-7 as well as Lithium-6”, “a tremendously bad idea from a human health standpoint, and turned into a public relations disaster that the Atomic Energy Commission never really could kick.”, “a cautionary tale about hubris and incompetence in the nuclear age — scientists setting off a weapon whose size they did not know, whose effects they did not correctly forecast, whose legacy will not soon be outlived.”
See also the short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjiWBkiBZQU

Originally shared by Ed S

“perhaps the largest human error in history”[1] - more than double the expected yield, a great deal more fallout and probably the cause of subsequent test ban treaties.
[1] George Dyson, Turing’s Cathedral