Atomic Energy (1946)

14 Dec
Producer   Encyclopædia Britannica Films
Contributors   “Collaborator, Willard F. Libby.”
Length   11 min
B&W/Color   b&w
UO Library Catalog description:  Explains by animated drawings the concepts basic to an understanding of atomic energy: identifies parts and structure of atoms; defines and contrasts electronic or chemical energy and nuclear energy; explains the three known forms of atomic energy release–natural radioactivity, nuclear synthesis, and nuclear fission; and illustrates relationship between atomic energy from the sun and chemical energy strored and released in photosynthesis and combustion. For high school, college, and adult groups.
Call # FILM Ma55
Genre  instructional
Rare  no
Online  no
Copyright status public domain
Physical condition poor
Oregon-related  no


Libby worked on the Manhattan Project. Film combines rudimentary animation and brief live-action, including a striking opening shot of a mushroom cloud (though the film is primarily an almost pointedly dry documentary on the physical process of atomic energy). Also produced a German-language version, according to Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1940/49.

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