The American public's introduction to nuclear technology was manifested in destruction and death. With Hiroshima and the Cold War still ringing in our ears, our perception of all things nuclear is seen through the lens of weapons development. Nuclear power is full of mind-bending theories, deep secrets, and the misdirection of public consciousness, some deliberate, some accidental. The result of this fixation on bombs and fallout is that the development of a non-polluting, renewable energy source stands frozen in time.
Outlining nuclear energy's discovery and applications throughout history, Mahaffey's brilliant and accessible book is essential to understanding the astounding phenomenon of nuclear power in an age where renewable energy and climate change have become the defining concerns of the twenty-first century.
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About the Author
James Mahaffey was a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he worked under contract forthe Defense Nuclear Agency, the National Ground
Intelligence Center,the Air Force Air Logistics Center, and Georgia
Power Company. He is the author of Atomic AwakeningandAtomic Accidentsandlives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Table of Contents
author’s note: An Inside Joke vii
introduction: The Paradox Inside a Puzzle Inside a Fantasy xiii
part 1: the fantasy 1
chapter 1 : Invisible Demons 9
chapter 2 : A Couple of Remaining Questions 26
chapter 3 : Einstein Drops a Bomb 47
chapter 4 : The Other End of the Universe 63
chapter 5 : Breaking Open the Atom 78
part 2: the puzzle 93
chapter 1 : A Fortuitous Condensation of Genius 99
chapter 2 : An Implied Threat from the Fatherland 112
chapter 3 : A Jolt in the Dark 134
chapter 4 : A Light at the Mouth of the Tunnel 157
chapter 5 : Post-War Planning 176
part 3: the paradox 193
chapter 1: A Quest for Power 201
chapter 2: Digging Canals, Curing Cancer,
and Flying to Jupiter 222
chapter 3: The Graphite’s On Fire! 249
chapter 4: Nuclear Rockets and Nuclear Airplanes 277
chapter 5: The Building Boom, the Bust,
and a Resurgence 300
epilogue: The Radioactive Park 327
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Atomic Awakening I learned that nuclear powerplants are way safer than I thought possible. I enjoyed the auther, James Mahaffey's easy-flow writing style. Perhaps my background as a high school physics teacher infuenced my interest in this book, but I also loved the parts where he tied in Google Earth images to places he described in his book. Beware the Lat/Long in footnote No. 234 Page 332 has the first two numbers of the latitude reversed for the location of the "Lethal Fence" north of Atlanta, Georgia. You really can see the outline 60 years later in the forest! - from Goodreads.com
Anyone interested in the energy crisis -- our increasing need for energy vs dependence on foreign oil and environmental concerns -- should read this book. I learned that most of what I thought I knew about nuclear power is based on a lack of understanding of the facts, or even a lack of exposure to them. This is a brilliant summary of a complex topic. Any intelligent reader can follow this fascinating history and the author's conclusions. Whether you agree or disagree, you will learn a great deal.
Very interesting series of stories covering weapons development and early reactor design. Less material on modern design efforts and safety features than I hoped for.