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The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Researched, Informative and Well Written. A real page tuner.

    This book explains the history of the development of nuclear science, the political and moral dilemmas. It is fast pace, interesting and well written and covers 70 years of history. It's information and perspectives that was not taught in school in the 60's and 70's. After reading this book one of the take aways was how close we have come on numerous occasions to nuclear war because of warmongers like Curtis LeMay and Richard Nixon. The crazies with their fingers on the nuclear buttons were less Russian and more American. MAD was successful in preventing a nuclear war but it spawned garden variety conventional conflicts that are no less destructive and wasteful if not pointless. Also, that because of well deserved mistrust of government and industry that nuclear power will not be a viable source of energy going forward despite it being much more environmentally friendly than carbon based fuels. I really liked this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Wrong Order

    I ordered a hard-cover book and got a Nook. Nook is fine for some books but this is more like a reference book to be paged through and savored. I haven't touched it yet. Disappointing because I am a fan of those scientists

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    Nelson has written a readable overview of the atomic age thus fa

    Nelson has written a readable overview of the atomic age thus far. Readers not familiar with the story will enjoy the book - it's easy to read and digest, it follows a logical progression, and it engages the reader. Those familiar with the science, however, will bristle. There are errors of minutiae and there are editorial decisions made for drama's sake rather than firm accuracy. I am very familiar with the unit REM but have never seen it defined as 'a measure of the cancerous effects of radiant energy'.

    Nelson freely admits his former ignorance concerning radiation. Maybe that is why he refers to its 'mythic' properties though it is well understood by science. I very much like his explanations about how, rather than something rare and obscure, we are quite literally bathed in the stuff and, in fact, are radioactive sources ourselves. I bothers me that he presents statistics as certainties and conjecture as fact. But there is much to like here and he makes no pretense that he writes a physics textbook.

    He argues that we are seeing the end of an age. He might be right but I'm not digging any graves quite yet

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    Posted June 25, 2014

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