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The First Nuclear Era : The Life and Times of Nuclear Fixer - Alvin M. Weinberg

The First Nuclear Era

The Life and Times of Nuclear Fixer

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Published: 8th May 1997
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The First Nuclear Era is Alvin Weinberg's autobiography, the memoirs of a most influential American nuclear engineer/physicist. These reminiscences date from the dawning of the nuclear age in the early 1940s to the present. It is the story of one notable scientist's life and times and a look back at one of humankind's most ambitious endeavors: the attempt to harness and safely distribute nuclear power.
Weinberg has witnessed and played a major part in many of the defining scientific moments of his era. Here he describes his academic career at the University of Chicago, under the tutelage of Nicolas Rashevsky and Carl Eckart. He recalls his wartime days at the Manhattan Project's Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory where he helped Nobelist Eugene Wigner design the Hanford plutonium producing reactors. He then focuses on what would become the abiding legacy of his professional life: his development of and involvement with nuclear reactors. In discussing both great commercial successes (such as the Light-Water Reactor) and unsuccessful experiments, Weinberg offers an objective critique of the technical and political shortcomings that have haunted the nuclear age. He also demonstrates how the lessons learned from unsuccessful reactors paved the way for later triumphs.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Robert Hutchins' University of Chicago, Nicolas Rashevsky and Carl Eckartp. 1
The Metallurgical Laboratory and Eugene Wigner's Hanfordp. 11
Clinton Laboratories - Where Man First Created Huge Quantities of Radioactivityp. 47
Research Reactors: ORNL's Scientific Centerpiecep. 76
Aircraft Nuclear Propulsionp. 95
Fluid-Fuel Power Breedersp. 109
Economic Nuclear Power is Here?p. 132
Desalting the Sea and Other Technological Fixesp. 142
International Euphoriap. 153
Nuclear Reality: The Faustian Bargainp. 175
Smolny Institute on the Potomacp. 201
Energy Think Tankeryp. 215
Moonlight Philosophy of Scientific Administrationp. 241
The Bombp. 256
Could We Have Done Better?p. 271
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9781563963582
ISBN-10: 1563963582
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 8th May 1997
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71