LEMONT, Ill. -- On December 2, 1942, one of the most important moments in world history took place on a squash court underneath the bleachers of the University of Chicago's football field.
While the location may seem as mundane as possible, the event was anything but. That day, with many of the world's most accomplished physicists on hand, Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi successfully completed the first-ever sustained chain reaction.
A crucial piece in the race to create weapons-grade plutonium for a future atomic bomb, the experiment proved that man had some power over nuclear energy. And the … Read more