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

  • 619 pages
  • English
  • Hardcover
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima, Jim Mahaffey -

磊 Read Hardcover [ ƣ Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima, Jim Mahaffey - ] For Free 靖 ePUB By Jim Mahaffey ﬞ Nuclear engineer Mahaffeys Atomic Awakening 2009 presented an engaging history of nuclear energy that came close to offering a ringing endorsement for its continued widespread use Although his latest work focuses mostly on radioactivitys dark side, from its discovery in 1896 to its role in the recent Fukushima meltdown, Mahaffey nonetheless does argue persuasively that, by closely investigating its shortcomings, nuclear power can be made safer Mahaffey begins with an episode of radiation poisoning that occurred in an Ozarks cave where hunters were exposed to radon gas, and offers a survey of nuclear weapons development, including the troubling disappearance of several H bombs, before addressing historys most famous nuclear accidents Entire chapters are devoted to dissecting what went wrong at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Windscale, a lesser known UK facility that burned uncontrollably for two days in 1957 While Mahaffeys subtext about nuclear powers overall safety likely wont sit well with the practices many opponents, his abundant use of lively anecdotes and intriguing scientific tidbits makes this an educational page turner Carl HaysNUCLEAR ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL DAVID MOSEY, 25 July 2014.James Mahaffey is a fine writer Engaging,lucid, informal and frequently and satisfyingly irreverent, at his best hisstyle resembles the great satirist and mathematician Tom Lehrer s sardonic,technically informed delivery He also shares Lehrer s satisfaction inanatomising humankind s fatuous missteps and his intellectualintegrity Atomic Accidentsdeservesthe widest audience NATURE Mark Peplow, 20 February 2014.Mahaffey guides us through than a century of atomic research, includingmisadventures with radioactive elixirs The radium water worked fine until hisjaw came off, reads a 1932 headline and long forgotten accidents atenrichment plantsThe compelling tales unravel like slow motion horror stories,spiraling towards disasters we know are coming.PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Starred Review 13 January 2014.Mahaffey, a former senior researchscientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, employs his extensiveknowledge of nuclear engineering to produce a volume that is by turns alarming,thought provoking, humorous, and always fascinating.KIRKUS Starred Review 6 February 2014.The most comprehensive and certainly oneof the most entertaining accounts of atomic accidents.NUCLEAR STREET NEWS Randy Brich, 5 February 2014.Part detective story, part documentary,part diabolical murder mystery, James Mahaffey s latest non fiction thrillerdetails the mistakes associated with all sorts of atomic devices, designs anddecisions gone awry The book is essential reading for anyone curious aboutthe inherent intricacies involved with unstable atomic reactors, how they gotthat way and what should be done about them. 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