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A Success of Marketing, But Little Else
on July 28, 2006
I bought the book "Imaginary Weapons" hoping to have an entertaining read on some of the less plausible ideas and concepts that are thrown around the "Pentagon's Scientific Underworld." I'm very interested in both science and technology, so I was also interested to hear the "science" behind these prospective weapons and the case studies on them.
Sadly, the book matched neither the title nor my expectations. In reality, the book focuses exclusively on "isomer weapons" and the "hafnium bomb," or, I should say, the in-squabbling that takes place between fringe scientists over these ideas. The book is less of a study, less of a technological focus and more of a "he said, she said" soap opera of the scientific world, with a narrow focus to those scientists in the isomer/hafnium field.
If you're interested in the history of isomer/halfium research, then this may be a good read, otherwise, I advise you look elsewhere.