The Atomic Age

The Atomic Age

The Discovery and Evolution of Nuclear Science


About This Exhibition

The atomic age began with a handful of scientists investigating radioactivity decades before the first atomic bomb exploded at the Trinity Test Site in New Mexico on July 16, 1945. In this exhibition explore the history of atomic science and expand your nuclear physics knowledge.

  • Did you know that the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurred under a football stadium? Find out more by exploring a timeline of scientific breakthroughs in nuclear science from the discovery of x-rays in the late 19th century through post-World War II advances in modern nuclear applications.
  • What are isotopes? What is the difference between fission and fusion? Discover the answer to these and other questions about nuclear physics concepts and terminology in “It’s a Question of Physics.”

A previous version of The Atomic Age online exhibition was made possible through the generous support of KCP&L. The gallery exhibition was on display at the Linda Hall Library from October 6, 2010, to March 11, 2011.