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“Broken Hammer” reading

September 13, 2010

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host a reading of Broken Hammer, a play written by Robert Benjamin, physicist turned playwright. In the play, Benjamin blends loyalty and romance with stockpile stewardship. The staged reading will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21; it will be followed by a question and answer session with the author. 

Benjamin began his career in playwriting after 30 years as a research experimental physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Though his previously produced full-length plays focus on relationships and secrets, Broken Hammer is different because of its emphasis on science, politics and policy, he said. 

In a story where nuclear history is intertwined with intense family dynamics and romance, Benjamin tells a cautionary tale to our technological society of being deceived by computer simulations that are not extremely well validated by science experiments.

“I hope the public will become engaged in the questions raised about the role of computer simulations in our culture,” said Benjamin, “and by issues of assuring the reliability of nuclear bombs without full-scale testing.”

The reading of Broken Hammer will be preceded by complimentary refreshments and access to Museum exhibits beginning at 6 p.m.  Admission is $5 for Museum members and $10 for non-members.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Jennifer Hayden at 245-2137, extension 114.

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