A Terrible Beauty

I was going to include this in tomorrow's Saturday Supplement, but it deserves a post of its own, especially given that it is over 14 minutes long... But please don't let that put you off. I thought I'd put it on the blog because, rightly or wrongly I still see my fb posts as somewhat ephemeral... But if this picture is taken to its logical conclusion all human life on earth might be somewhat ephemeral...

What follows is a time-lapse representation  of every nuclear explosion on earth between 1945 and 1998... As Simon Conway, who I stole it from, wrote on fb, it starts slowly but hots up... It is by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto, with the citizens of Japan being the only people to know first hand the dreadful reality of nuclear warfare.

I was astounded by the sheer numbers (and in particular the number initiated by France - you can see why Greenpeace and they fell out!) I also wonder, has it slowed down any since 1998.



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