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Atomic awakening : a new look at the history and future of nuclear power

Author: James A Mahaffey
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Pegasus books edView all editions and formats
"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."--Résumé de l'éditeur.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James A Mahaffey
ISBN: 9781605980409 1605980404
OCLC Number: 473534400
Description: xxiii, 344 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: James Mahaffey.


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"Starred Review. Mahaffey writes with delightful witty prose. A surprisingly entertaining history of nuclear power." -- Kirkus Reviews

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