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The age of radiance : the epic rise and dramatic fall of the atomic era

Author: Craig Nelson
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age--from X-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan--written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men. Radiation is a complex and paradoxical concept: staggering amounts of energy flow from seemingly inert rock and that energy is both useful and dangerous. While nuclear energy affects our everyday lives--from nuclear medicine and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Nelson
ISBN: 9781451660432 145166043X 9781451660449 1451660448
OCLC Number: 852226548
Description: 437 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The old world. Radiation: what's in it for me? ; The astonished owner of a new and mysterious power ; Rome: November 10, 1938 ; The mysteries of Budapest --
The new world. The birth of radiance ; The secret of all secrets ; The first cry of a newborn world ; My God, what have we done? --
World's end. How do you keep a cold war cold? ; A totally different scheme, and it will change the course of history ; The origins of modern swimwear ; The delicate balance of terror --
Power and cataclysm. Too cheap to meter ; There fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp ; Hitting a bullet with a bullet ; On the shores of Fortunate Island ; Under the thrall of a two-faced god.
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