James Trainor

  • Jan Tichy

    DIMONA: IT IS A BEAUTIFUL NAME for something that long refused to exist. Built secretly in Israel’s Negev Desert in 1956, the Dimona nuclear facility was initially the stuff of rumor. Even US intelligence agencies didn’t uncover its purpose until the 1960s, and for decades it was absent from any publicly available photographs or maps. To this day, the Israeli government will neither confirm nor deny that it is an atomic-weapons factory, preferring an official policy of “nuclear ambiguity.” It was this paradoxical pinpoint uncertainty, the structure’s quantum mechanical status of something