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Last Thursday faculty at the University of Chicago opened a time capsule that had been filled by famed nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi 62 years ago. What scientific treasures were inside?


by / June 3, 2011
In this image from June 21, 1949, Enrico Fermi loads into a University cornerstone what is perhaps the most disappointing time capsule ever created. (image credit: Univ. of Chicago)

Answer: None. Likely disappointing everyone in attendance and those watching on the university's live stream, the capsule contained a course catalog, a phonebook, a local road map and some flight itineraries - and those were the highlights. Perhaps Fermi, often deemed a "father of the atomic bomb" for his work on the Manhattan Project, anticipated that humanity would have annihilated itself by now.

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Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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