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OLLI Course | The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

Instructors Walt Allan and Doug Dransfield talk about their Fall course, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb." This course will run on Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. from September 16 to November 4, 2021.

Hear from the Instructors

Course Description

Richard Rhodes’ Making of the Atomic Bomb is a 788-page tour de force. In a 1987 review, The New York Times’ William Broad said Rhodes, “...offers not only the best overview of the century’s pivotal event but a probing analysis of what it means for the future.” Walt will lead classes highlighting the nuclear physics discoveries and how that knowledge led to atomic bombs. Doug Dransfield, Secretary of the Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will teach the final two classes addressing these weapons’ humanitarian and medical consequences and the work to eliminate them.


  • Course Fee: $50

  • Format: lecture, discussion, Zoom

  • Required Book: The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes, ISBN 9781451677614

To Register

Please complete our Registration Form and email it to

Be sure to:

  • Mention that you are a member of a Maine Senior College

  • Select alternate courses/workshops as we cannot guarantee your desired course will have open seats when MSCN registration begins.

Email if you have any questions.

About the Instructors

Walt Allan, MD, has taught several science-focused courses at OLLI after a career that included medical education, research, and publication. Doug Dransfield, MD, is an active OLLI member who had a career teaching pediatrics.

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