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VIRTUAL EVENT: Book Talk: 12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Virtual Event: 12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon 

with Jamie Holmes

12 Seconds of Silence is the remarkable, lost story of how a ragtag group of American scientists overcame one of the toughest problems of World War II: shooting things out of the sky. Working in a secretive organization known as Section T, a team of physicists, engineers, and everyday Joes and Janes took on a devilish challenge. To help the Allies knock airplanes out of the air, they created one of the world’s first “smart weapons.” Against overwhelming odds and in a race against time, mustering every scrap of resource, ingenuity, and insight, the scientists of Section T would eventually save countless lives, rescue the city of London from the onslaught of a Nazi superweapon, and help bring about the Axis defeat. A holy grail sought after by Allied and Axis powers alike, their unlikely innovation ranks with the atomic bomb as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the Second World War. Until now, their tale was largely untold.
 
Jamie Holmes is a Future Tense Fellow at New America and the author of Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing. Previously, he was a policy analyst within New America’s Global Assets Project. Before joining New America, he was a research coordinator at Harvard University in the department of economics, where he focused on behavioral economics. He holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His writing has appeared in print or online at the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN, the Huffington Post, POLITICO, the Christian Science Monitor, the New Republic, the Atlantic, Slate, Foreign Policy, and the Daily Beast.
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