Nuclear Weapons – History and Future Prospects
Phys 8.S271 in the Spring semester 2022 was a subject which we believed would be of interest and importance to a wide range of students. Our goal was to educate those taking the subject about how nuclear weapons came into being, the physics of these weapons, how they are structured, how they have evolved over the past several decades, efforts to control them and limit the threats that they represent, and what the possibilities for the future are. Many people in our country and other countries are not aware of what an existential threat nuclear weapons represent, and this lack of awareness is an important part of the overall threat. We hoped to address this issue for the students who took the subject and for those they influence.