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Secret Science of WWII

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During the 1939-45 war, scientific research accelerated as never before. Many earlier discoveries whose potential had yet to come to fruition, were suddenly applied in wartime reality. Public announcements were made to entice research workers from academia to become involved in innovation. The results were sometimes bizarre (including a suggestion to bomb Nazi troops with venomous snakes) and sometimes awe-inspiring (including the development of nuclear weapons). This wide-ranging illustrated presentation will show the effect that the exigencies of wartime can have on progress, arguing that we now face similar wars; against pollution and poverty, water shortage, climate change and famine. A similar sense of urgency could similarly act as a stimulus to progress.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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