Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Where Science Gets Down To Business

UChicago Science Business

To remind you of Chicago Pile-1.
Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1) was the world's first artificial nuclear reactor. CP-1 was built on a racquets court, under the abandoned west stands of the original Alonzo Stagg Field stadium, at the University of Chicago. The first artificial, self-sustaining, nuclear chain reaction was initiated within CP-1, on December 2, 1942.
I used to play tennis at the place where the racquets courts used to be. That would have been in 1962. There was a nice plaque commemorating the event attached to the tennis court fences. It is now suitably mounted on a small monument about 100 ft South of where the tennis courts used to be.

H/T Chicago Boyz

Cross Posted at Classical Values


Anonymous said...

Nice mushroom cloud.

And from those inauspicous UofC beginnings, you can now "bomb" the city of Chicago itself from the comfort of your own chair. I prefer the air burst deployment method at 4MT.

Thank God for Teller the war monger -- although I doubt the commemorative plaque would survive.

David said...

There was a "CP-5" building next door to the Advanced Photon Source back when I worked at Argonne National Labs. Any idea where Chicago Piles 2-4 were located? Do the buildings still exist?

David said...

Well, answered my own question...