James Nolan, Williams

The recent release of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has generated renewed commentary about the use of atomic weapons at the end of World War II. Christopher Nolan sees the story of the Manhattan Project as relevant to considerations about the development and use of new and emerging technologies. Drawing on material from his recent book, Atomic Doctors, James L. Nolan, Jr. will discuss the role of the medical doctors who worked on the Manhattan Project and will reflect on how the story of the project might inform concerns about new technological innovations.