The New York Times has a stunning slide show of nuclear explosion photography narrated by a photographer who was there, George Yoshitake. Some highlights:
Staff Sgt. John Kelly in protective gear (1958):
Many of the photographers Yoshitake worked with died from exposure to these experiments (1953):
The “instants” after the start of an explosion, from two miles away (1952):
In this photo, you can see a shock wave bouncing off of the ground back into the blast:
A Navy blimp struck out of the sky by shockwaves:
VIP observers sit, apparently unimpressed, illuminated by a blast (1951):
Via BoingBoing.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.