Atomic Archive: Enhanced Edition

The History, Science and Consequences of the Nuclear Age

Atomic Archive: Enhanced Edition combines photographs, restored film footage, and historical documents with over ten years of research to tell one of the most intriguing stories of the twentieth century.

With over thirty minutes of video and more than 400 photographs from government archives, an extensive text written for this CD-ROM, and interactive maps and timeline, Atomic Archive: Enhanced Edition divides the Atomic Age into four main categories:

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A comprehensive section chronicling the discovery of nuclear fission, the race for the atomic bomb, the development of the hydrogen bomb and the ensuing Cold War and beyond

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A background of atomic physics and nuclear weapons

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Examine the efforts for arms control, the various effects of nuclear weapons, and explores "what if" scenarios of nuclear explosions on three major U.S. cities

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Enrich your understanding of the people and events of the Manhattan Project by perusing an archive of compelling materials including photos, film clips, and documents - some recently declassified-and a comprehensive timeline which marks milestones in nuclear history

This interactive CD-ROM provides countless possibilities for exploration of the subject and includes the following:

  • Over 150 pages of original text written specifically for this CD-ROM
  • Historical interactive maps and timeline
  • Interactive glossary and hypertext links
  • Over 30 detailed biographies
  • Formerly classified footage from the award-winning films "Trinity and Beyond" and "The Atomic Filmmakers"
  • A gallery of more than 400 photographs with accompanying captions

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