Atomic Accidents
From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters. Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom—and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.
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Atomic Accidents
From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters. Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom—and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.
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Atomic Accidents

Atomic Accidents

by James Mahaffey
Atomic Accidents

Atomic Accidents

by James Mahaffey

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Overview

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters. Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom—and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986807
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

James Mahaffey was a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he worked under contract for the Defense Nuclear Agency, the National Ground Intelligence Center, the Air Force Air Logistics Center, and Georgia Power Company. He is the author of Atomic Awakening and Atomic Accidents and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: A Triumph of Soviet Technology v

Introduction: Bill Crush and the Hazards of Steam Under Pressure ix

Chapter 1 We Discover Fire 1

Chapter 2 World War II, and Danger Beyond Comprehension 34

Chapter 3 A Bit of Trouble in the Great White North 74

Chapter 4 Birthing Pains in Idaho 112

Chapter 5 Making Everything Else Seem Insignificant in the UK 153

Chapter 6 In Nuclear Research, Even the Goof-ups are Fascinating 189

Chapter 7 The Atomic Man and Lessons in Fuel Processing 227

Chapter 8 The Military Almost Never Lost a Nuclear Weapon 286

Chapter 9 The China Syndrome Plays in Harrisburg and Pripyat 325

Chapter 10 Tragedy at Fukushima Daiichi 376

Chapter 11 Caught in the Rickover Trap 404

Bibliography 427

Index 433

Illustration Credits 441

Acknowledgments 442

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