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Proving grounds : project plowshare and the unrealized dream of nuclear earthmoving

Author: Scott Kirsch
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Kirsch demonstrates how the history of Project Plowshare was shaped by the specific issues and sentiments that influenced American nuclear and environmental policy during the 1950s and 1960s. But Kirsch also argues that the lessons learned from this case continue to hold relevance today. By exploring key issues of science and risk, Proving Grounds warns that knowledge production and environmental politics are still  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Kirsch
ISBN: 9780813536668 0813536669
OCLC Number: 57577386
Description: xi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Geographical engineering --
Origins of a cold war experimental program --
Toward an "early and obvious demonstration" --
Geographies of authority: Livermore, Cape Thompson and Area 10 --
Nuclear craters --
Pragmatic engineering worlds: feasibility and trust, off-site --
Epitaph: technocracy, geography, and the rights to knowledge.
Responsibility: Scott Kirsch.
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