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- DescriptionIn 1945, Albert Einstein said, 'The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind.' This statement seems more valid today than ever. Romancing the Atom: Vignettes of the Atomic Mindset from the Radium Girls to Nuclear Green presents compelling moments that clearly depict the folly and shortsightedness of our 'atomic mindset' and shed light upon current issues of nuclear power, waste disposal, and weapons development. This book consists of ten nfiction historical vignettes, including the women radium dial painters of the 1920s, the expulsion of the Bikini Island residents to create a massive 'Petri dish' for post-World War II bomb and radiation testing, the government-subsidized uranium rush of the 1950s and its effects on Native American communities, and the secret radioactive material development facilities in residential neighborhoods. In addition, this book includes original interviews of prominent historians, writers, and private citizens involved with these poignant stories.
- Author BiographyRobert R. Johnson is professor of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication in the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. His published works include articles in virtually every major journal in his respective disciplines and the book User-Centered Technology: A Rhetorical Theory for Computers and Other Mundane Artifacts, winner of the 1999 Best Book Award in Scientific and Technical Communication from the National Council of Teachers of English.
- Author(s)Robert R. Johnson
- Date of Publication03/08/2012
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables, frontispiece
- Weight540 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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