Yeah, American education sucks. We already agree on that.
He already had his finger in the hole. He only needed a brief second to realize what had happened. And it was lethal for nearly everyone in the room if I recall correctly.
Fine, hold on . . .
I really need to bookmark stuff more . . .
Okay, so turns out that most sources say that Slotin's body shielded the others from the worst of it . . . just thought I'd throw that in there . . .
Wow. This is the closest thing I could find. From the pictures I've seen and descriptions, some of the others in the room didn't have the benefit of Slotin's body to shield them, and we can at least assume that this happened. I can't find the original article, though.
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/187670-the-demon-core-a-scary-story-of-sloppy-science-from-the-manhattan-project wrote:Alvin Graves, who was watching over Slotin’s shoulder, survived the incident but developed a host of neurological and vision problems — and died 19 years later of a heart attack, possibly due to the radiation frying his heart. Because Slotin’s body absorbed most of the neutron burst (what a hero), no one else died immediately, but at least two other personnel in the room died over the next 30 years due to radiation-related complications (cancer, anemia).