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Physical Description xxiii, p. Language English. Author Mahaffey, James A. Edition 1st Pegasus books ed. Published New York : Pegasus Books, Nuclear energy. Nuclear engineering.

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Summary Evaluates the potential of nuclear technology as a non-polluting, renewable energy source while describing how nuclear energy's negative association with weapons development and the Cold War has stymied the progress of its beneficial uses. Contents The paradox inside a puzzle inside a fantasy 1: The fantasy Invisible demons A couple of remaining questions Einstein drops a bomb The other end of the universe Breaking open the atom 2: The puzzle A fortuitous condensation of genius An implied threat from the Fatherland A jolt in the dark A light at the mouth of the tunnel Post-war planning 3: The paradox A quest for power Digging canals, curing cancer, and flying to Jupiter The graphite's on fire!

Nuclear rockets and nuclear airplanes The building boom, the bust, and a resurgence The radioactive park.


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Notes Includes bibliographical references and index. Electronic reproduction. Atomic awakening. Digital Library Federation, December Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? Rockhampton Campus Library. Open to the public ; Nuclear power is full of mind-bending theories, deep secrets, and the misdirection of public consciousness, some deliberate, some accidental. The result of this fixation on bombs and fallout is that the development of a non-polluting, renewable energy source stands frozen in time. It has been said that if gasoline were first used to make napalm bombs, we would all be driving electric cars.

Our skewed perception of nuclear power is what makes James Mahaffey's new look at the extraordinary paradox of nuclear power so compelling. From medieval alchemy to Marie curie, Albert Einstein, and the Manhattan Project, atomic science is far from the spawn of a wicked weapons program.

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The discovery that the atom can be split brought forth the ultimate puzzle of the modern age: Now that the energy of the universe is available to us, how do we use it? For death and destruction?