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The Age of Radiance

The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
Nelson, Craig, 1955- (Book - 2014 )
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"A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age--from x-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan--written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men. Radiation is a complex and paradoxical concept: staggering amounts of energy flow from seemingly inert rock and that energy is both useful and dangerous. While nuclear energy affects our everyday lives--from nuclear medicine and food irradiation to microwave technology--its invisible rays trigger biological damage, birth defects, and cellular mayhem. Written with a biographer's passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is both tragic and triumphant. From the end of the nineteenth century through the use of the atomic bomb in World War II to the twenty-first century's confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Enrico Fermi, Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, FDR, Robert Oppenheimer, and Ronald Reagan, among others. He reveals many little-known details, including how Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler transformed America from a country that created light bulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel's lifelong dream of global peace; how emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain a run-amok nuclear reactor, while wondering if they would live or die. Brilliantly fascinating and remarkably accessible, The Age of Radiance traces mankind's complicated and difficult relationship with the dangerous power it discovered and made part of civilization"--
Authors: Nelson, Craig, 1955-
Statement of Responsibility: Craig Nelson
Title: The age of radiance
the epic rise and dramatic fall of the atomic era
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Characteristics: 437 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-416) and index
Summary: "A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age--from x-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan--written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men. Radiation is a complex and paradoxical concept: staggering amounts of energy flow from seemingly inert rock and that energy is both useful and dangerous. While nuclear energy affects our everyday lives--from nuclear medicine and food irradiation to microwave technology--its invisible rays trigger biological damage, birth defects, and cellular mayhem. Written with a biographer's passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is both tragic and triumphant. From the end of the nineteenth century through the use of the atomic bomb in World War II to the twenty-first century's confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Enrico Fermi, Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, FDR, Robert Oppenheimer, and Ronald Reagan, among others. He reveals many little-known details, including how Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler transformed America from a country that created light bulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel's lifelong dream of global peace; how emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain a run-amok nuclear reactor, while wondering if they would live or die. Brilliantly fascinating and remarkably accessible, The Age of Radiance traces mankind's complicated and difficult relationship with the dangerous power it discovered and made part of civilization"--
Subject Headings: Radioactivity History Radiation History Nuclear energy History Nuclear weapons History HISTORY / General. bisacsh HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century. bisacsh SCIENCE / Molecular Physics. bisacsh
Topical Term: Radioactivity
Radiation
Nuclear energy
Nuclear weapons
HISTORY General
HISTORY Modern 20th Century
SCIENCE Molecular Physics
LCCN: 2013042192
ISBN: 9781451660432
145166043X
Branch Call Number: 539.75 N
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"The atomic age, at least in the popular imagination, began in August 1945 with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, author Craig Nelson takes a broader view of the "age of radiance," beginning in 1895 with German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery of x-rays and ending with the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. Along the way, he explains concepts such as fission and fusion while describing the individuals -- both scientists and civilians -- whose contributions shaped politics and society in the wake of a stunning new technology that promised both limitless energy and total annihilation." Nature and Science June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/eaa85527-59b9-4794-85a8-16a62e26054a?postId=f3c1543b-4239-4258-a283-3e26e8d3608f

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