[Free Atomic Adventures] E-pub BY James Mahaffey



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  1. says:

    James Mahaffey is a good writer and has an eye for oddball anecdotes He gets carried away with the details sometimes and the text can be technically dense I like his discursive techie voice He's fond of tiny print footnotes; some have a hidden nugget or two I’m the intended audience and the book mostly clicked for me Solid 4 sta

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    The history of science is to some extent a history of failure but most of us don't think much about those failures In Atomic Adventures James McHaffey dives into scientific misfires with a gleeful good humor even when he is connected with the mistake personally But failure can be both fascinating and instructiv

  3. says:

    While I loved Atomic Accidents A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima I'm having a hard time gettin

  4. says:

    BooooooooooooredI agree with other reviewers this is written like a textbook

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    James Mahaffey is former senior research scientist in nuclear physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology who as he says near the end of this book now writes books If you enjoy geeks geeking on about what they love and I very much do his books are a lot of funThis one is about some of the wilder and woollier a

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    A book full of stories about atomic bombs cold fusion and the history of nuclear proliferation I loved the isotopes and nuclides And if you see a mushroom cloud in the distance with a band of red on top of it that's most likely a U

  7. says:

    Not as much fun as his book on atomic accidents not as many stories of people doing dumb things with plutonium but good nonetheless

  8. says:

    This like his previous book Atomic Accidents is a fun read Mahaffey does a very good job of translating hard to imagine nuclear concepts into plain English yet he also leaves enough details so that someone with a nuclear background will also enjoy it This time the book focuses on the crazy ideas that were attempted using atomic power The c

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    I listened to the audiobook version of this book whilst commutingA fascinating and entertaining book with amazing stories of the ra

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    This was a very readable and uite accessible overview of a number of topics in nuclear science some amusing some exciting or even inspiring several chilling and some of which made me very uncomfortable if not outright sueamish Though at times it could be a little technical the author overall did a great job in discussing a great many topics ranging from how nuclear reactors work to how nuclear weapons work to t

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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 secreti. The history of science is to some extent a history of failure but most of us don t think much about those failures In Atomic Adventures James McHaffey dives into scientific misfires with a gleeful good humor even when he is connected with the mistake personally But failure can be both fascinating and instructive and learning about things like SDI and cold fusion can be a lot of fun even if these ideas haven t panned out YET

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Unting 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. Not as much fun as his book on atomic accidents not as many stories of people doing dumb things with plutonium but good nonetheless The chapter on radionucleides as murder weapons was crazy stuff

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Ve past and then toward its potentially bright futureMahaffey 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 co. James Mahaffey is former senior research scientist in nuclear physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology who as he says near the end of this book now writes books If you enjoy geeks geeking on about what they love and I very much do his books are a lot of funThis one is about some of the wilder and woollier adventures in atomic energy bombs scientific frauds and all the things that make a life in science a lot exciting than someone thinking of it only as you know science might reasonably assumeStories include Ronald Richter selling Juan Peron on a fusion reactor project a vanity project for Peron for Richter a clever way to get out of Europe after the Second World War It was based on essentially laboratory trick for producing a tiny bit of fusion which unfortunately is impossible to scale up to commercial energy production Or well even small scale production for research purposes More than half a century after Richter s Argentine boondoggle we still appear to be decades away from useful nuclear fusion for energy purposesOther stories include dirty bombs and what you should do and the unwisdom of stealing radioactive materials For instance a Chechen rebel stole some cobalt 69 and was dead in thirty minutes This was really a much better outcome for the rebel than for former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko poisoned with polonium 210 resulting in an agonizing death over the course of several weeks in 2006 Of course those of us who grew up during the Cold War expect vile actions by the Russians What s startling and disturbing is how often radioactive materials have been used to poison people in the US and other countries not to make a grand international example of someone but for the ordinary reasons that lead to stabbings shootings and beatings These attempts are often not successful but in a way that s hardly the point They happen and it s scary that they doOn a lighter note there are the episodes that may have been scientific fraud or maybe just demonstrations of the fact that the easiest person to fool is yourself One of those is Fleischman Pons announcement of cold fusion in 1989 This would have been a huge breakthrough for the whole world and it set off a rush to try to duplicate their work Mahaffey and his colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology got involved and were the first to confirm the cold fusion phenomenon And almost as uickly discovered there was a small problem in their instrumentation Since they had gone to great effort to reproduce everything they could about Fleisschman Pons setup it s uite likely they d had the same instrument problem Mahaffey is able to be truly merciless and gleeful in telling this particular story because he s a principal in itWe also get stories of abandoned reactors on forgotten islands trees that change sex after being irradiated a totally plausible possible explanation for what really happened at Roswell s Area 51 and accounts of the various efforts made to design an engine that really will let us travel to Mars and maybe Alpha CentauriIt s a lot of fun and also pretty informative RecommendedI bought this audiobook