Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

Open Road Media, 04.02.2014 - 352 Seiten
A “delightfully astute” and “entertaining” history of the mishaps and meltdowns that have marked the path of scientific progress (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Radiation: What could go wrong? In short, plenty. From Marie Curie carrying around a vial of radium salt because she liked the pretty blue glow to the large-scale disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, dating back to the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

In this lively book, long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy James Mahaffey looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns. Every incident, while taking its toll, has led to new understanding of the mighty atom—and the fascinating frontier of science that still holds both incredible risk and great promise.

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LibraryThing Review

Nutzerbericht  - LisCarey - LibraryThing

This is a highly readable account of the history of atomic power as seen through its accidents and safety failures. That might sound like it's anti-nuclear power, but in fact Mahaffey is a long-time ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - jtlauderdale - LibraryThing

I knew by looking over the well-illustrated, copiously sourced and footnoted text that this book would be informative. I never expected a book on such a serious topic to be entertaining and humorous ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A Triumph of Soviet Technology
Bill Crush and the Hazards of Steam Under Pressure
We Discover Fire
World War II and Danger Beyond Comprehension
A Bit of Trouble in the Great White North
Birthing Pains in Idaho
Making Everything Else Seem Insignificant in the
In Nuclear Research Even the Goofups are Fascinating
The China Syndrome Plays in Harrisburg and Pripyat
Tragedy at Fukushima Daiichi
Caught in the Rickover Trap
Image Gallery
Illustration Credits

The Atomic Man and Lessons in Fuel Processing
The Military Almost Never Lost a Nuclear Weapon

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Über den Autor (2014)

James Mahaffey was senior research scientist at Georgia Tech Institute and has worked at the Defense Nuclear Agency, the National Ground Intelligence Center, and the Air Force Air Logistics Center, focusing on nuclear power, nanotechnology, and cold fusion. He is the author of Atomic Awakening and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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