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The radioactive boy scout : the frightening true story of a whiz kid and his homemade nuclear reactor

Author: Ken Silverstein
Publisher: New York : Villard, 2005. ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Villard Books trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experiments were far more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy merit badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed. Ken Silverstein  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: David Hahn; David Hahn
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Silverstein
ISBN: 0812966600 9780812966602
OCLC Number: 57471123
Target Audience: 1300
Description: xviii, 209 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Prologue: men in white: the nuclear age comes to Golf Manor --
Roots: the making of a teenage scientist --
From the radium craze to the soaring sixties: science conquers all --
Burning down the house: basement explosions and other early developments --
Radioactive education: lessons from the boy scouts --
Stalking the periodic table: elements, my dear Watson --
How nuclear enthusiasts planned to solve the energy crisis: a brief history of the breeder reactor --
From theory to practice: how the potting shed came to glow --
Busted: the collapse of David's dream --
Epilogue: postnuclear syndrome: David's radioactive exile.
Responsibility: Ken Silverstein.
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Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experiments were far more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy merit badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed. Ken Silverstein re-creates in brilliant detail the months of David's improbable nuclear quest. His unsanctioned and wholly unsupervised project finally sparked an environmental catastrophe that put his town's forty thousand residents at risk and caused the EPA to shut down his lab and bury it at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah.

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Review of 'The radioactive boy scout: the frightening true story of a whiz kid and his home made nuclear reactor' by Ken Silverstein published by Villard Books of New York.

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