Physics

Cameron Reed

You should be able to connect to a copy of my full vita at:

 

https://mail.alma.edu/home/reed@alma.edu/Briefcase/ReedCV.doc

 

If you have trouble with this, please do not hesitate to contact me at reed@alma.edu

Title

Chair and Professor

Discipline

Physics

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Waterloo (Canada) Physics 1984
  • M.Sc. Queen’s University (Canada) Physics 1979
  • B.Sc. University of Waterloo (Canada) Physics 1977

Rank

Professor

My career at Alma began in

1992

I'm an expert in

nuclear weapons, Manhattan Project, quantum physics

My expertise:

Professor Reed is the author of two books and numerous articles on the development of atomic bombs during the Manhattan Project of World War II. His research also includes the status of current worldwide nuclear weapons programs and deployments.  In 2009, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work on the Manhattan Project.

 

Supporting materials for his books can be found at www.manhattanphysics.com

 

Prof. Reed also has considerable background in Astronomy, and some background in quantum physics.

Signature course(s):

PHY 121/122 (calculus-based mechanics), PHY 421 (quantum physics), PHY 101 (Making of the Atomic Bomb)

Recent publications:

For a complete list of publications, please contact me for my full CV (address at top of this profile)

 

Reed, B. C. “The Manhattan Project.” Accepted for publication in Physica Scripta, 13 August 2014.

 

Reed, B. C.: Book review: Nuclear Weapon Issues in the 21st Century, by Pierce Corden, David Hafemeister, and Peter Zimmerman. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings #1596. Physics & Society, in press. 

 

Reed, B. C.  “Feasibility of a low-yield gun-type terrorist fission bomb.” Federation of American Scientists Public Interest Report, 67(3). http://fas.org/pir-pubs/feasibility-low-yield-gun-type-terrorist-fission-bomb/

 

Reed, B. C.: Book review: Renewable Energy: A First Course, by Robert Ehrlich. American Journal of Physics 82(6), 625-626 (2014)

 

Reed, B. C. “The fixed-mass gravitational slingshot.” European Journal of Physics 35(4), 045009 (2014).

 

Reed, B. C. Letter to the Editor: “Yes, We Do Need More Manhattan Projects.” Federation of American Scientists Public Interest Report, 67(1), Winter 2014. http://blogs.fas.org/pir/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2014/02/More-from-FAS-Winter-2014-PIR.pdf

 

Reed, B. C. Book review: A bright shining life: Review of Ray Monk, “Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, electronically published August 28, 2013: http://thebulletin.org/bright-shining-life

 

Reed, B. C. Book Review: D. Kiernan, “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.” History of Physics Newsletter XII(2) 9-10 (Spring 2013)

 

Reed, B. C. Book Review: A. E. Dessler, “Introduction to Modern Climate Change” (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Physics & Society 42(2) 18-20 (April 2013)

 

Reed, B. C. “A Brief Guide to Manhattan Project Literature,” History of Physics Newsletter XII(1), 3-4 (2012)

 

Reed. B. C. “Manhattan Project Mystery.” History of Physics Newsletter XI(6), 4-5 (2012)

 

Reed, B. C. “Neutrons as Party Animals: An Analogy for Understanding Heavy-Element Fissility.” The Physics Teacher 50(9), 544-545 (2012).

 

Reed, B. C. “The Context of Nuclear Inoculation.” Federation of American Scientists “Perspectives on Hiroshima,” http://www.fas.org/policy/hiroshima.html (2012)

 

Burr, T., Croft, S., and Reed, B. C. “Least-squares fitting with errors in the response and predictor.” International Journal of Metrology and Quality Engineering 3(2), 117-123 (2012).

 

Reed, B. C. “Reflections on Teaching the Manhattan Project.” Federation of American Scientists Public Interest Report 64(3), 45-48 (Fall 2011).

 

Reed, B. C. “Fission fizzles: Estimating the yield of a predetonated nuclear weapon.” American Journal of Physics, 79(7), 769-773 (2011).

 

Reed, B. C. “Liquid Thermal Diffusion during the Manhattan Project.” Physics in Perspective 13(2), 161-188 (2011).

 

Reed, B. C. “A desktop-computer simulation for exploring the fission barrier.” Natural Science 3(4) 323-327 (2011).

 

Reed, B. C. “Resource Letter MP-2: The Manhattan Project and related nuclear research.” American Journal of Physics 79(2), 151-163 (2011).

 

Reed, B. C. “From Treasury Vault to the Manhattan Project.” American Scientist, 99(1), 40-47 (2011).

 

Reed, B. C. “A Thorium Future?” (Letter to the Editor) American Scientist 98(5), 364 (2010).

 

Reed, B. C. “Predetonation probability of a fission-bomb core.” American Journal of Physics. 78(8), 804-808 (2010).

 

Reed, B. C. “Teaching the History of the Manhattan Project.” History of Physics Newsletter XI(2),  1, 3, 12 (Spring 2010).

 

Reed, B. C. “Student-level numerical simulation of conditions inside an exploding fission-bomb core.” Natural Science 2(3), 139-144 (2010).

 

Reed, B. C.  “Bullion to B-Fields: The Silver Program of the Manhattan Project.” Michigan Academician 39(3), 205-212 (2009)

 

Reed, B. C. “Spreadsheet for linear least-squares fits with errors in both coordinates.” Physics Education 45(1), 93-96 (2010).

 

Reed, B. C. “Centrifugation during the Manhattan Project.” Physics in Perspective 11(4), 426-441 (2009).

Recent presentations:

For a complete list of publications, please contact me for my full CV (address at top of this profile)

 

“Using the History of Physics to Enrich Your Teaching.” Invited presentation at the annual April meeting of the American Physical Society, Savannah, GA, April, 6, 2014.

< http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR14/Session/K17.3>

 

“Teaching the Manhattan Project at a Liberal-Arts College.” Presented at the Federation of American Scientists/Stevens Institute of Technology workshop on Nuclear Education Issues, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, Nov. 15, 2013.

 

“Robert Serber’s 1943 Los Alamos Primer Analysis of Fission Bomb Efficiency.” Presented at the annual April meeting of the American Physical Society, Denver, CO, April, 2013.

 

“Francis Perrin’s 1939 Analysis of Uranium Criticality.” Presented at the annual April meeting of the American Physical Society, Atlanta, GA, April 1, 2012. [Bull. Amer. Phys Soc. 57(3), 125, paper J15-3 (2012)].

 

“Correcting a Persistent Manhattan Project Statistical Error.” Presented at the annual April meeting of the American Physical Society, Anaheim, CA, May 1, 2011. [Bull. Amer. Phys Soc. 56(4), 98 paper H13-4 (2011)].

 

 “Bullion to B-Fields: The Silver Program of the Manhattan Project.” Presented at the semi-annual meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Midland, MI, Oct. 10, 2009 [Michigan Academician XL(3) 279 (2012)], at the annual “April” meeting of the American Physical Society, Washington, DC, 13-16 February, 2010, at the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Calvin College, March 26, 2010, and at the semi-annual meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society,  Kettering University, Flint, MI, May 1, 2010.

 

“Centrifugation and the Manhattan Project.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Wayne State University, March 20, 2009, at the semi-annual meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, April 25, 2009, and at the annual “April” meeting of the American Physical Society, Denver, CO, May 3, 2009. (Bull. Amer Phys. Soc. 54(3), 116, paper H14-2).

 

“Arthur Compton’s 1941 Analysis of Explosive Fission in U-235: The Physics.” Presented at the April 2008 meeting of the American Physical Society, St. Louis, MO, 12 April 2008. Bull. Amer. Phys. Soc. 53(5), 78 (April 2008; paper E15 4).

Creative work:

Books:

 

The History and Science of the Manhattan Project (Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2014) xvi + 451 pp. ISBN 978-3-642-40296-8; 978-3-642-40297-5 (eBook)

 

The Physics of the Manhattan Project (3rd ed. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2015) xvii + 222 pp. ISBN 978-3-662-43532-8; 978-3-662-43533-5 (eBook)

 

Quantum Mechanics (Jones & Bartlett, Boston, MA, 2008) xiv + 422 pp. ISBN 978-0-7637-4451-9

Other recent accomplishments:

Secretary-Treasurer, Forum on the History of Physics, American Physical Society, 2013-present.

 

Editor, “Physics & Society”, 2009-2013

Music education:

Love Fleetwood Mac & Blondie.  This should date me.