TK 9152 .M284 2014
“From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.
James Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why. From the dozens of American bombs that went missing during the Cold War, to the misuse and misunderstanding of Rickover’s nuclear submarine model by industrialists, to full-scale meltdowns at Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, Mahaffey brings new insight into these catastrophes and reveals where scientists and engineers went wrong.
Every accident has led to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom – and how to properly utilize it. With a clear, accessible, and knowledgeable style, Mahaffey puts forth what the future could bring for this final frontier of science.” – publisher description