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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 stars overall; 5 when he's cookin'If I were you I'd skim the antiue N ray stuff Intr

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    While I loved Atomic Accidents A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima I'm havi

  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

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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

  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 The chapter on radionucleides as murder weapons was crazy stuff

  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 concep

  9. says:

    I listened to the audiobook version of this book whilst commutingA fascinating and entertaining book with amazing stories of the race to conuer atomic energy Whilst I struggled with the detailed science aspects the stories o

  10. says:

    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 ma

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Atomic Adventures

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. BooooooooooooredI agree with other reviewers this is written like a textbook

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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

review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ò James Mahaffey

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. 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 stars overall 5 when he s cookin If I were you I d skim the antiue N ray stuff Introduction very lightly especially if you re already familiar with this fine demo of Feynman s maxim that the easiest person to fool is yourselfChapter 1 relates Ronald Richter s fusion power boondoggle in Argentina which he sold to Juan Peron as a vanity project Richter burned through the euivalent of 300 million in today s money in 4 years 1948 52 Basis was a laboratory curiosity for inducing a bit of fusion with a powerful electric arc You do get some fusion that way probably but zero chance to commercialize it Of course nothing else has worked either after many billions spent and practical fusion power is still 40 years awayChapter 2 More misguided projects per Mahaffey He pans the Star Wars ABM project pitched by Edward Teller but admits it scared the hell out of the Soviets and likely contributed to the collapse of the USSR Next nuclear powered aircraft Ideas that were well unlikely to succeed You will learn about the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Lab than you will want to know Skim for cool anecdotesCold fusion Ch3 et al Mahaffey colleagues were the first Americans to confirm Pons Fleischmann s 1989 discovery Sadly this was the result of haste and an odd malfunction of their neutron detectors Probably something similar happened in the PF experiments Cold fusion very unlikely when announced is now dead dead deadCold War WW2I posted a couple of uotes see sidebar where you can get a uick idea of the flavor of the book It s a good thing we won the war If we hadn t I d be hanged as a war criminal Gen Curtis LeMay uoted by MahaffeyRest of the book is worth reading but I started skimming Always a chance of a nugget or a chuckle the Chechen guerrilla who stole a super powerful cobalt 60 source he was dead in 30 minutes the record so farGood pro review Paywalled As always I m happy to email a copy to non subscribers

  • Hardcover
  • 464
  • Atomic Adventures
  • James Mahaffey
  • en
  • 08 November 2017
  • 9781681774213

About the Author: James Mahaffey

Dr James Mahaffey was senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and has worked at the Defense Nuclear Agency the National Ground Intelligence Center and the Air Force Air Logistics Center focusing on nuclear power nano technology and cold fusion Bio from publisherSome of the author's works are published under the James A Mahaffey or Jim Mahaffey names