Nuclear weapons course receiving renewed interest

Author: Ed Cohen

A course that has been taught here for years, Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Warfare, is enjoying renewed interest in the wake of fears about weapons of mass destruction.

The class teaches not only about the physics and technological aspects of nuclear weapons but covers ethical, legal and social dimensions.

The course also has a community research component. The instructor, Michael Wiescher, Freimann Professor of Physics, grew up in British-occupied Germany following World War II. He has students examine the fallout patterns of nuclear tests in the West in the 1950s. That fallout reached South Bend.