Mahaffey's book has a few weaknesses.
James Mahaffey makes clear that he views nuclear weaponry as a liability that prevents nuclear power from being seen in a more rational light.
Mahaffey, a nuclear engineer as well as physicist, gives an extremely readable, no entertaining, history of nuclear physics.
Everyone should read to get the real facts not rely on the main news outlets. The only problem is that there is a little to much personal experiences written about. Distracting.Published 1 month ago by Larry Bialecki
From a factual standpoint, this book would get 4-5 stars. A lot of information is presented, at times seemingly a little heavily weighted towards the pre-atomic chemists of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ML
For those who know something about physics or engineering, this book is a great read! It should also appeal to anyone interested in the history of science and technology. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roy A Billinghurst
The title describes the book's content perfectly. There is a fair amount of technical information, but a scientific background is not required to understand the main points and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. L. Snider
An amazing read. Mind blowing account of the history of our nuclear age.Published 5 months ago by KC
I love both James MaHaffey's presentation of the material and his writing. He presents the material in an cogent, clear, and entertaining manner. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Glenn E. Murray
Living in New Mexico...well...let's say this is a topic of great interest and often laced with deep respect (pronounced: fear). Read morePublished 12 months ago by BobK
The story of physics discoveries is full of scientific details, but the writer has made this information readable and given good narratives about the scientists, making them human... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marilyn Robinson