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The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
 
 
Author
Craig Nelson.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9781451660432
Pages/Publication Date 437/2014
Daedalus Item Code 42912
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The author of Rocket Men and the Henry Adams Prize winner Thomas Paine, Craig Nelson here gives us the history of the atomic age, and the astounding natural energy source that powered it. Radiation is as frightening a word as cancer, yet it's the power that keeps our planet warm, the force behind earthquakes and tsunamis—and so essential to life that even our bodies are slightly radioactive. Tracing mankind's complicated relationship with radiation, from the discoveries of Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller to the clean-up teams who have sacrificed themselves to contain nuclear disasters, Nelson explains how radiation and atomic power are indivisible from our everyday lives.

"Nelson writes a wonderfully detailed, anecdote-filled account of atomic energy, from Wilhelm Roentgen's 1895 discovery of radiation to the ongoing hangover of the Fukushima disaster.... Nelson brilliantly weaves a plethora of material into one noteworthy volume."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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