In 2012, science historian Alex Wellerstein created NUKEMAP, an online tool that lets users pick a place, pick a type of nuclear weapon, and click a red button that says “detonate” to see the devastating results. By May of 2017, NUKEMAP had enabled about 113 million “detonations” by users all over the world. In this interview, Wellerstein talks to Bulletin contributing editor Elisabeth Eaves about why the tool is so popular, the need for better civil defense, how scientists can help change the culture, and much more. Read this free-access interview in “After midnight,” the July/August issue of the Bulletin‘s digital journal.
The Bulletin elevates expert voices above the noise. But as an independent, nonprofit media organization, our operations depend on the support of readers like you. Help us continue to deliver quality journalism that holds leaders accountable. Your support of our work at any level is important. In return, we promise our coverage will be understandable, influential, vigilant, solution-oriented, and fair-minded. Together we can make a difference.
Issue: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Volume 73 Issue 4
Keywords: Civil defense, NUKEMAP, emergency planning, nuclear war, nuclear weapons, radiation, science history