The energy loss to radiation always overcompensates the gains due to the reaction. This is true even with rather extravagant assumptions concerning the reactivity of nitrogen nuclei in the air.
originally posted by: theworldisnotenoughWhat you and the other respondents apparently choose to allow to fly over your heads is that Edward Teller's concerns about ignition of the atmosphere were CONFIRMED by his colleagues albeit at a low probability of happening.
So, this raises the question: back then, what were the calculated odds of an ignition of the atmosphere by a nuclear bomb test... one out of 1,000,000,000 or one out of 1,000,000 or one out of 1,000? Were people lying about the odds of such an event just to get the Manhattan Project back on track? Let me tell you: there's a lot of lying coming out of governments and the mainstream media these days.
originally posted by: theworldisnotenough
originally posted by: theworldisnotenoughWhat you and the other respondents apparently choose to allow to fly over your heads is that Edward Teller's concerns about ignition of the atmosphere were CONFIRMED by his colleagues albeit at a low probability of happening.
So, this raises the question: back then, what were the calculated odds of an ignition of the atmosphere by a nuclear bomb test... one out of 1,000,000,000 or one out of 1,000,000 or one out of 1,000? Were people lying about the odds of such an event just to get the Manhattan Project back on track? Let me tell you: there's a lot of lying coming out of governments and the mainstream media these days.
In an "All Experts" Internet forum at en.allexperts.com... , on the subject of nuclear ignition of the atmosphere, in a reply dated 3/17/2009, NK chimed in with:
"Oppenhiemer, the head scientist that managed the Manhattan Project, theorized that it was possible that an atomic bomb could cause an exothermic reaction with atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen, but not probable. Before an atomic bomb was detonated, that group of scientists calculated that there was a slightly less than 3 to a million chance that the atmosphere would ignite."
A three-to-one-million chance is equivalent to 1 out of 333,333.
To put this into perspective, the odds of winning the top jackpot of the Jersey Cash 5 drawing on a one-dollar bet are 1:658,008, and people have won the top jackpot on a one-dollar bet.
I can continue with even slimmer odds of winning top lottery jackpots, but you readers should have already gotten the point.
P.M.