Oakmont Sunday Symposium
Sunday September 17th 2017 -
The Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Attendance is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests, with a requested donation of $3. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.
Sept. 17 – “Understanding North Korea,” Young Ran Kim
How did we come to the point where North Korea’s leader threatens to “wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks,” and President Trump promises to retaliate with “fire and fury?” Oakmont resident Young Ran Kim, who grew up in Seoul during the violent and chaotic period following WWII and the Korean War, will address the relevant 20th-century history of the Korean peninsula. Kim was born in Korea but immigrated to the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy, an M.S. in biochemistry, an M.S. in anatomy, and a B.S. in chemistry. During her long career in America, she published 22 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and authored and coauthored 33 technical patents issued in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Sept. 24 – “Atomic Bomb Tests at Bikini Atoll,” Lewis Miller
You might think that the start of the process of producing an atomic weapon was when Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, but this is not totally true. The initial act in this drama was in 1938 when scientists in Germany first produced nuclear fission by bombarding uranium atoms with neutrons. The letter from Einstein to Roosevelt started the Manhattan Project because of the worry that Nazi Germany was working on an atomic weapon. The history of the Manhattan Project that followed included commando raids in Norway to hinder the German effort, and a massive industrial and scientific effort to produce an atomic weapon before the Germans could produce one. Lewis Miller will provide a short, simple introduction on atomic physics as a background, but the majority of his talk will include general information about Bikini Atoll, and his work during the Redwing atomic tests that took place on the atoll between May and July 1956.