Atomic Awakening

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Atomic Awakening

A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power

By Jim Mahaffey

Pegasus Books, Hardcover, 9781605980409, 344pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

It has been said that if gasoline were first used to make napalm bombs, we would all be driving electric cars. Our skewed perception of nuclear power is what makes James Mahaffey's new look at the extraordinary paradox of nuclear power so compelling. From medieval alchemy to Marie curie, Albert Einstein, and the Manhattan Project, atomic science is far from the spawn of a wicked weapons program. The discovery that the atom can be split brought forth the ultimate puzzle of the modern age: Now that the energy of the universe is available to us, how do we use it? For death and destruction? Or as a fuel for our society that has minimal impact on the environment and future generations Outlining nuclear energy's discovery and applications throughout history, Mahaffey's brilliant and accessible book is essential to understanding the astounding phenomenon of nuclear power in an age where renewable energy and climate change have become the defining concerns of the twenty-first century.

About the Author
Jim Mahaffey worked as a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute for 25 years, where he also taught electronics. He has worked at the Defense Nuclear Agency, the National Ground Intelligence Center, and the Air Force Air Logistics Center on a wide variety of projects, from nuclear power to nano-technology and cold fusion. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.