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What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts? by Joshua S. Bloom

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INTRODUCTION

Serendipity is jumping into a haystack to search for a needle, and coming up with the farmer’s daughter.

—Julius H. Comroe Jr.

 

1.1 Serendipity during the Cold War

Before Mythbusters and The A-Team made big explosions cool, big explosions were decidedly uncool. The threat of nuclear war between the United States and the USSR (and, perhaps, China)—made blatantly real during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962—had become a fixture in everyday life. One year after the crisis, seeking to diffuse an escalating arms race and the global increase of radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. President John F. Kennedy agreed to the Partial Test Ban Treaty. Ratifying nations agreed that ...

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