G. I. Taylor and the Trinity test

Michael Deakin

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The story is often told of the calculation by G.I. Taylor of the yield of the first ever atomic bomb exploded in New Mexico in 1945. It has indeed become a staple of the classroom whenever dimensional analysis is taught. However, while it is true that Taylor succeeded in calculating this figure at a time when it was still classified, most versions of the story are quite inaccurate historically. The reality is more complex than the usual accounts have it. This article sets out to disentangle fact from fiction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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