By Rudolph Herzog,Jefferson Chase
Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed writer of Dead Funny, provides a devastating account of history’s so much irresponsible makes use of of nuclear know-how. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear guns misplaced throughout the chilly struggle) to “Operation Plowshare” (a inspiration to exploit nuclear bombs for big engineering tasks, resembling a the development of a moment Panama Canal utilizing three hundred H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear tasks that just about ended in disaster.
In an unparalleled people’s historical past, Herzog digs deep into records, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of infrequent images. He explores the “accidental” drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a teach conductor’s domestic, the implanting of plutonium into sufferers’ hearts, and the discovery of untamed tactical nukes, together with guns designed to kill enemy astronauts.
Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog—the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog—also attracts on youth thoughts of the ultimate period of the chilly battle in Germany, the rustic as soon as obvious because the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations, and discusses facts that Nazi scientists knew the right way to make atomic weaponry . . . and selected no longer to.
From the Hardcover edition.
Read Online or Download A Short History of Nuclear Folly: Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-ups PDF
Similar history of technology & engineering books
Within the Shadow of the Moon tells the tale of the main intriguing and tough years in spaceflight, with superpowers engaged in a significant fight to land one in every of their very own humans at the moon. Drawing on interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, their households, technicians, and scientists, in addition to hardly obvious Soviet and American executive files, the authors craft a amazing tale of the golden age of spaceflight as either an intimate human event and a rollicking international experience.
The 20th century was once one in all marvelous swap in technological know-how, in particular as pursued within the usa. opposed to a backdrop of dramatic political and fiscal shifts introduced through international wars, intermittent depressions, sporadic and sometimes giant raises in investment, and increasing inner most patronage, this clinical paintings essentially reshaped lifestyle.
The technical difficulties confronting various societies and sessions and the measures taken to unravel them shape the fear of this annual selection of essays. It offers with the historical past of technical discovery and alter and explores the connection of expertise to different elements of lifestyles - social, cultural and fiscal - and exhibits how technological improvement has formed, and been formed by way of, the society during which it happened.
Technology and know-how reviews (STS) is a comparatively younger yet influential box. students from disciplines as various as city reports, mobility experiences, media reviews, and physique tradition reports are undertaking a scientific discussion with STS, trying to improve their very own investigations. inside STS, the Social building of expertise (SCOT) concept has proved to be the most influential in its neighboring fields.
- Scientific Credibility and Technical Standards in 19th and early 20th century Germany and Britain: In 19th and Early 20th Century Germany and Britain (Archimedes)
- The European Edisons: Volta, Tesla, and Tigerstedt
- Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self
- Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women (Engineering Studies)
- Glassmaking in Renaissance Venice: The Fragile Craft
Extra info for A Short History of Nuclear Folly: Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-ups