Originally posted by penninja
It is NOT the OP's place to unravel the secrets of what 20-30 men under the direction of a Brilliant man could or could not accomplish over a decade
or two. Science is after all as much a stumbled upon thing as it is a result of scientific method
Science builds upon previous discoveries. In this case, they're missing about a dozen layers of major advancements.
There are many "sciences: lost to us, for thousands of forms of mathematics we base our entire society upon one... Euclidean Geometry The man who
built Coral Castle in Florida shows us something.... there is a system of balance points, triangulation and leverage that allows one to move giant
stones that modern science can't quite put it's finger around.
Speaking of Coral Castle, you'll have ignored the little fact that he never let anyone observe him using his "lost discoveries", which were likely a
winch. A fraud, like Keely.
What could a man with his life devoted to Uranium a background in Chinese Alchemy/Chemistry and a building full of laborers accomplish? I don't
know... I know you I or the OP couldn't recreate a couple of decades of the life of whomever was in charge/ allowed to play in that building.
A nice dye. Some glaze for pottery that gives you a pretty orange. A poison or two. That's about it.
I can suppose many things that DO make sense
...that have no connection to physics, or what you need to actually pull off a nuke.
First, it doesn't matter if the man was the Chinese version of Merlin. Nuclear reactions are not chemical in nature. You can potter around all you
like with chemicals and uranium, and you're not going to enrich it, nor are you going to get a nuclear reaction out of it.
It's nice he had a large workforce. Numbers of people are still not going to cause a nuke to appear.
Making yellowcake doesn't really matter either, it's just another chemical form of uranium. It doesn't "refine itself over time". It's not actually a
question of refining, if you use the standard definition of removing impurities and reducing it to a metallic form. You just get pure metallic natural
uranium. "Separation" is different than "enrichment", "separation" is used to refer to a chemical process that removes plutonium from uranium. That
only happens once you've created that plutonium by neutron irradiation of U238 in a reactor. There's that whole "they don't know anything about
nuclear science, no instrumentation to measure things, no calculus, no advanced math, no real understanding of chemistry etc" thing in the way of
building one, then knowing there's a heavy nucleide that's going to be produced that you can separate, then knowing how to do the separation, then
having the reagents to do it on and on. They wouldn't have had a clue. But separating plutonium from uranium is a breeze compared to enrichment of
Mixing things with the uranium doesn't matter - again, that's a chemical reaction, not a nuclear one, and wouldn't affect the fissile nature of the
natural metal. Electricity and magnetism do not affect it either. Nor does blowing it up. That only comes into play once you've got highly enriched
uranium and some other isotopes you also only get with a reactor. Only the Chinese at that time weren't aware of isotopes. Even then, it's not a
question of just blowing it up. Show me the scroll that describes Munroe effect jets.
Your scenario makes no sense. One, "separating" doesn't come into play. Enrichment requires equipment and understanding they didn't have. Magnets have
no effect. The uranium would never have become "hot". All the lightning in the world could have struck it and you'd have a lump of hot, metallic
natural uranium sitting around with some faux batteries and lodestones.
And raw uranium is not explosive. It doesn't just go 'boom'. Sorry, not yours.
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