The latest investigationfrom acclaimed nuclear engineer and author James Mahaffey unearths forgotten nuclear endeavors throughout history that were sometimes hair-brained, often risky, and always fascinating.
Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent, conspiracy theorist or pragmatist, James Mahaffey's books have served to open up the world of nuclear science like never before. With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.
Mahaffey unearths lost reactors on far flung Pacific islands and trees that were exposed to active fission that changed gender or bloomed in the dead of winter. He explains why we have nuclear submarines but not nuclear aircraft and why cold fusion doesn't exist. And who knew that radiation counting was once a fashionable trend? Though parts of the nuclear history might seem like a fiction mash-up, where cowboys somehow got a hold of a reactor, Mahaffey's vivid prose holds the reader in thrall of the infectious energy of scientific curiosity and ingenuity that may one day hold the key to solving our energy crisis or sending us to Mars.
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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: Stories Told at Night around the Glow of the Reactor ix
Introduction: The Curious Case of the N-Rays, a Dead End for All Times xix
Chapter 1 Cry for Me, Argentina 1
Chapter 2 AFP-67 in the Dawson Forest 37
Chapter 3 Inside Cold Fusion 72
Chapter 4 Good News and Bad News 102
Chapter 5 The Lost Expedition to Mars 135
Chapter 6 The Chic-4 Revolution 165
Chapter 7 Japan's Atomic Bomb Project 190
Chapter 8 The Criminal Use of Nuclear Disintegration 230
Chapter 9 The Threat of the Dirty Bomb 262
Chapter 10 A Bridge to the Stars 290
Chapter 11 Conclusions 318
Illustration Credits 347