4 July 2017

NUKEMAP creator Alex Wellerstein puts nuclear risk on the radar

Elisabeth Eaves

Before joining the Bulletin as columns editor in 2013, Eaves was a columnist at the tablet newspaper The Daily, where she also launched and edited the opinions page. From 2006 to 2010 she...


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.