- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2014
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
0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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
Posted June 25, 2014
No text was provided for this review.