March 26, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
From the discovery of X-rays in the 1890s, to the birth of nuclear power in an abandoned Chicago football stadium, to the bomb builders of Los Alamos and the terrifying apocalyptic decades of Dr. Strangelove, best-selling author Craig Nelson tells the story of the atomic era and explains the science through intimate moments in human drama and a pageant of fascinating historical figures. Nelson’s storytelling leaves even the most unscientific among us understanding radioactivity and its mind-blowing power, magic, and danger. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rocket Men and the new book, Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.