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Last night, the Oxford Physicist Frank Close spoke at a Prospect event about his new book, Half Life, which tells the story of Bruno Pontecorvo, the atomic physicist and supposed spy. An extract from the book and a recording of the event can be found here on our website. Close addressed a small, high-powered group (especially appropriate for nuclear physics) that included Pauline Neville Jones, the former Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Jonathan Evans, the former Director General of MI5.

In his inimitably fluent manner, Close talked the crowd through the story of Pontecorvo’s rise to prominence, his…

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