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PastCast: the key science throughout the Second World Warfare

July 1942: science in time of struggle

This yr, nature is celebrating its 150th anniversary. To mark this anniversary, we’re releasing episodes of our PastCast sequence, highlighting key moments within the historical past of science.

Through the Second World Warfare, scientists labored on secret tasks equivalent to radar improvement. Their efforts have been talked about within the Nature pages however the particulars, after all, couldn’t be revealed. On this episode, historian Jon Agar explains how struggle work has opened up new views for physicists and opened up new scientific branches. We additionally heard the testimony of the late John Westcott, whose wartime work was to design radar methods.

This episode aired for the primary time in July 2013.

From the archive

Nature Quantity 150 Quantity 3794, July 18th, 1942

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