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Emeritus Associate Professor of Physics


After retiring from full-time teaching in 1997 I continued the May Term course, created in 1979, Physics 239 - Problems of Nuclear Disarmament, until 2012. Others now continue that course. I could not have taught that course over that many years, repeatedly going over such disturbing material, if I was not an optimist, and if in spite of it all, I didn't enjoy the classroom encounters and think that students found the knowledge gained, valuable, and sometimes, believe it or not, fun. The material related to the course's Global Diversity flag credit can be a pleasant experience for all students.

The IWU Magazine (Winter 2005) has a highly readable article "Nuclear Options" by Nancy Steele Brokaw '71  that presents Professor Wilson's work in this area.:

Hiroshima Panoramas:

Professor Wilson's web page (including a link to his book, Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and
A Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and Preserving World Peace)

Atomic Bomb Museum Web site

A Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and Preserving World Peace: It has become clear that nuclear weapons are only a symptom of an all-pervasive malignancy of the spirit of the world and of humankind. Some Japanese have an expression for this period of human history in which we find ourselves; they call it “the era of nuclear madness.” We propose here a workable moral strategy that would put “everyone” back to work; bring peace and stability; end war-sacrificed lives; and ensure corporate profits, growth, and cooperation; and would allow people to return to peaceful opportunity-laden homelands.

Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Peace Research Association (CPRA), at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan. Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and A Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and Preserving World Peace


The Nuclear Weapons Dot Chart. Did we have enough?
To be shared with the Public
Note the date on this included chart is 1982.
There are qualitative inaccuracies in the "nuclear dot chart" but they have little meaning for the point the chart tries to make.
One dot represents the total combined firepower used in WWII. That is often expressed as million tons of TNT, i.e. 3 megatons. There are now megaton size nuclear bombs. The Hiroshima bomb was the equivalent of about 16 thousand tons of TNT, 16 kilotons.
THEN LISTEN TO THE DOT CHART via THE VIDEO. Close your eyes; you don't need to watch it. (I was preparing for a trip and did not wish to take “the equipment” with me, hence the video.)

Video URL Caption Width - defaults to 340px Align (left, center, right) defaults right Professor Ray Wilson - BB demo 340 right

Each BB, 3 Megatons, a WWII.
Did we have enough?

nuclear dot chart 1

nuclear dot chart 2

nuclear dot chart 3