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? The chart documents the “time” the Doomsday Clock, implemented by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, read over time. It provides many of the major events that change our perception of danger, along with the degree in which each event brought us closer to or further away from nuclear war.


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Dustin Rodgers
June 19, 2011

This chart is awesome, it does a great job of convening just how serious people have taken the threat of nuclear proliferation over the last sixty or so years. This is not just some crazy person it is a group of atomic scientist who are basing expectancy of NP on various events throughout the world. That fact that it talks about different historical events also makes it a very useful learning object. Not only are students learning about the threat of NP this LO is teaching them about various worldly events that had far reaching implication all over the world. I like it, and I think I would definitely use it during a lesson on the Cold War.

Teddy Kamburov
June 17, 2011

I think this a really good resource depicting human perception of the end of the world. We are so constantly worried about it, it really does seem like we are always "a few minutes to midnight." I also really appreciate the various time points which explain what happened that year in terms of atomic/nuclear development. I would definitely use this when I teach about nuclear development, especially the conflicts between the U.S. & Russia.

Amy Erdman
June 16, 2011

This is a neat chart because it shows the history of potentially threatening events to our world, and how close we were to potential destruction, "midnight." I think this would be an interesting visual to give students because they could visually see how certain events were placed higher on the chart, and they may intrinsically want to find out what event caused such a spike in the chart.

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