This letter, signed by Einstein, paved the way for the atom bomb. Except it's not Einstein's letter. It was actually written by a man named Leó Szilárd.
Not only was Leo Szilárd an influential nuclear researcher — he also dabbled in tales of sentient dolphins. Peggy Kolm offers an overview of his career.
Leo Szilárd was one of the first scientists to come up with the idea of a nuclear chain reaction, and he wrote the 1939 letter (signed by his friend Albert Einstein) that convinced President Roosevelt to launch the Manhattan Project. After the war, though, he turned his attention to molecular biology — and to spur…
We tend to think of Albert Einstein has a highfalutin theoretical physics guru, but the physicist also worked on much more everyday tasks...like developing an energy-efficient refrigerator. Allow Jennifer Ouellette from Cocktail Party Physics to explain.