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Nuclear Slide Rules

Posted by Rob Alderson,

From the smug vantage point of the early 21st Century, it’s easy to forget that not that long ago the threat of nuclear destruction was a part of everyday life. These radiation monitoring chats were mostly developed in the 1950s and 1960s and are beautiful examples of how to render complex calculations in a meaningful and readable way. Collected together on the Oak Ridge Associated Universities website they are haunting historical record of a time when the fear of a nuclear holocaust was a humdrum part of our grandparents’ lives.


Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.