This debate between American physicist Ralph E Lapp and Anthony Reussman was originally broadcast on WFCR on February 24, 1977. Barbara Dietrich of the Watershed Commission served as moderator.
Lapp (pro) and Reussman (con) debated nuclear power in a variety of scenarios.
Ralph Eugene Lapp, born August 24, 1917, was an American physicist who contributed to the Manhattan Project after he finished his graduate studies at the University of Chicago. He was a scientific adviser to the General Staff during WWII, and eventually became the Executive Director on the Committee of Atomic Energy. He then acted as Head of the Nuclear Physics branch for the Office of Naval Research. He is known for coining the term “China Syndrome”, a hypothetical sequence of events following the meltdown of a nuclear reactor.
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