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LANL Donates FERMIAC Replica To Bradbury Aug. 6

on August 5, 2019 - 7:28am
The FERMIAC -  a mechanical device for tracing out neutron transport paths on a table-top blueprint. Courtesy image
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Office of Experimental Sciences will donate to the Bradbury Science Museum a replica of one of its own artifacts, the FERMIAC -  a mechanical device for tracing out neutron transport paths on a table-top blueprint.
 
At the public ceremony, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, there will be a short talk on the history of the Fermiac, a demonstration of the replica and people can meet the Los Alamos team that created it.
 
People also can see the original 1947 Fermiac artifact at the supercomputing exhibit at the museum. Light refreshments will be available.
 
Scientists, students, historians and the public will be able to use the replica to trace the path pursued by renowned Manhattan project physicist Enrico Fermi, inventor of the Fermiac.
 
“People can use the device, feel the heft, and ultimately figure out how the FERMIAC was used in the 1940s,” said Todd Urbatsch, leader of the Radflow Project at the Laboratory’s Office of Experimental Sciences that donated the replica. “It gives a historical perspective of the time when computing was in its infancy and insight into the genius of Enrico Fermi.”

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