Enrico Fermi: Audio/Video Clips

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Fermi's account of the first nuclear chain reaction on December 2,1942 (from the colloquium of the 10th Anniversary of the event), with artwork of the reactor by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Due to the secrecy of the event, no photographs were taken of the reactor. Introduction by Crawford Greenwalt. Courtesy of ANL (5749K; 3 minutes, 50 seconds)

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From "Century of the Atom," produced by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission

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Ten years after the experiment, Fermi recalls his confidence in the success of the first self-sustaining chain reaction. (197K; 23 seconds)

The audio clips below are from "To Fermi - with Love," produced by the Argonne National Laboratory.

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Opening segment of "To Fermi - with Love" with Enrico Fermi speaking about the nuclear chain reaction that took place on December 2, 1942, with context by narrator Jay Andre. (149K; 1 minute, 26 seconds)
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Comments about Fermi by George Weil, research associate of Fermi at Columbia, Chicago, Hanford, and Los Alamos. (47K; 26 seconds)
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Comments about Fermi by Leslie R. Groves, Director of the Manhattan Project, 1942-1947, with narration by Jay Andre. (65K; 37 seconds)

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