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Atomic Age America Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package / Edition 1
     

Atomic Age America Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package / Edition 1

by Martin V Melosi
 

ISBN-10: 0205862217

ISBN-13: 9780205862214

Pub. Date: 11/20/2012

Publisher: Pearson

Examines atomic energy as a lens to 20th and 21st-century America.

Atomic Age America looks at the broad influence of atomic energy–focusing particularly on nuclear weapons and nuclear power–on the lives of Americans within a world context. The text examines the social, political, diplomatic,

Overview

Examines atomic energy as a lens to 20th and 21st-century America.

Atomic Age America looks at the broad influence of atomic energy–focusing particularly on nuclear weapons and nuclear power–on the lives of Americans within a world context. The text examines the social, political, diplomatic, environmental, and technical impacts of atomic energy on the 20th and 21st centuries, with a look back to the origins of atomic theory.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book readers will be able to:

  • Develop a background in the origins of atomic theory and atomic science
  • View nuclear technologies within the historical context in which they were created and used
  • Understand how atomic energy helped frame the second half of the 20th century, and how it continues to influence in the 21st

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205862214
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Most Controversial Technology

Chapter 1 A Community of Scientists: Atomic Theory over the Centuries

Chapter 2 Government Mobilizes the Atom: War, Big Science, and the Manhattan Project

Chapter 3 Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Aftermath: From Total War to Cold War

Chapter 4 The Cold War and Atomic Diplomacy: Deterrence, Espionage, and the Super

Chapter 5 Invincible to Vulnerable in the Age of Anxiety: Massive Retaliation, Fallout, and the Sputnik Crisis

Chapter 6 To the Brink: The Military-Industrial Complex, the Berlin and Cuban Crises, and the Lingering Arms Race

Chapter 7 Too Cheap to Meter, Too Tempting to Ignore: Peaceful Uses of the Atom

Chapter 8 Nuclear Power v. The Environment: The Bandwagon Market, Reactor Safety, and the Energy Crisis

Chapter 9 The Post-TMI World, Chernobyl, and the Future of Nuclear Power

Chapter 10 Pax Atomica—or Pox Atomica--at the End of the Cold War

Chapter 11 Proliferation, Terrorism, and Climate Change: The Atom in the 21st Century

Conclusion: From Hiroshima to Fukushima

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