The Atomic Bomb and the Technological Imperative

Jan 19, 2023
Social Sciences 201
1126 E 59th St
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James NolanWilliams College

How has technology taken on a life of its own, determining human behavior, thought, and actions in unintended and unexpected ways?  Using the development and use of the first atomic bombs as a defining case study, this lecture reflects on the technological momentum that helped to usher in the nuclear age and that remains a defining and determinative feature of modern society.

This event is free and open to the public. It is made possible through the support of ‘In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide’ (Grant #62372) from the John Templeton Foundation. Questions can be directed to



Students and faculty are also invited to join us Friday, January 20 at 2PM for a master class on Hope, Suffering and the Atom Bomb with Professor Nolan. Readings will be provided to all registrants. See our event page for more detail.