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Product Details

  • Paperback: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Figueroa Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193280000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932800005
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James C. Warf was a Group Leader on the Manhattan Project from 1942 to 1947. He also worked at the University of Chicago and Oak Ridge. He holds patents on extraction techniques which evolved into the PUREX process for separation of plutonium. Dr. Warf was a founding member of a group which coalesced into the Federation of American Scientists. After a year s research on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Switzerland, he went in 1948 to the University of Southern California where was a Professor of Chemistry. He was a consultant at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on a life-detection system of the Viking probes to Mars. He has testified at hearings by Congressional subcommittees concerning the N Reactor and the proposed atomic laser isotope separation facility. And, he has been a Research Associate, in the Program on Nuclear Energy, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a chair of the Southern California Federation of Scientists. In 1994 he traveled to Kazakhstan with a team investigating the former Soviet nuclear warhead test sites for health problems resulting from radioactive fallout. In 1996, for the Department of Energy, he inspected the Experimental Breeder Reactor in Idaho and its proposed system of processing spent fuel. He has been a consultant at Los Angeles County USC Hospital s nuclear medicine division regarding radioactive isotopes of platinum used in cancer research. He is now is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California, and recently received the university s Distinguished Emeritus Professor award.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raymond G. Wilson on January 28, 2006
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Professor James Warf has performed a remarkable service with this document. It is truly, "all things nuclear." Prof. Warf has a fluid way with words which makes this book read somewhat like a novel. Indeed, he begins with "The Beginnings" and works his way through not just nuclear weapons and war but considers the good of nuclear science and technology, not just the evil uses to which it can be put. You will find, "Nuclear Reactors" as well as "Management of Nuclear Waste" and the "Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation," all clearly explained with their conveniences, problems, and challenges. Chapter 12, the last, "Ways to Peace" contains a thought-provoking essay, perhaps taking a lead from Einstein, "A New Way of Thinking About Achieving and Preserving Peace," believe it or not, based upon a conjecture from the "father" of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Of this work Dr. John Gofman, Professor Emeritus of Medical Physics at UC Berkeley, author of 'Radiation and Human Health' has said, "ALL THINGS NUCLEAR represents a magnificent contribution to society. I'm in awe of the expertise that was required to make this work possible."
For any college course that deals with our nuclear past or our nuclear future, or for anyone concerned with our continued existence on this planet, ALL THINGS NUCLEAR, 2005, is well worthy of consideration. An excellent accompanying work would be nuclear physicist Naomi Shohno's THE LEGACY OF HIROSHIMA: Its Past, Our Future. Please stay informed.
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I hardly knew anything about nuclear science other than incorrect generalizations and what I saw in the movies. Then I read this book and my eyes were opened, and I am utterly fascinated with the subject now. The book is large and can seem daunting, but it reads like a novel at times and I found it quite the page turner. Just as the title says, the book covers everything about nuclear science from history, to medical uses, weapon uses, energy uses, etc. There are many subjects that are of course controversial but the author does well to present both arguments in enough detail to educate the reader to formulate their own idea of what is right and wrong vs. merely telling you what is right and wrong. This book will have a permanent home on my book shelf.
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By Connor Deck on May 19, 2013
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i can honestly say i had the best time of my life reading this book. there is literally nothing else i would rather do than read what good ole James C. Warf has to say about nuclear science. wowzer what a great read, literally caused me to tear up as i read the magnificent literature from cover to cover in a matter of hours.
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