In the New Yorker: The Power of the Amateur – how a truck driver became the best historian on the first atomic bombs

Atomic John - The New Yorker

It’s fascinating to witness the power of amateurs. They bloom where the scientists and experts let them live – outside of their bureaucratic and costly framework. In the field of archeology, it probably needed to be within some kind of techno post-modern archeology. The study of the roman empire is too crowded by distinguished researchers. But the study of the atomic bombs that exploded 70 years ago is a fresh field for anyone to enter. Especially for truck drivers. What a breeze.

Via: Atomic John – The New Yorker.