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The Curve of Binding Energy: A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor Hardcover – May 22, 1974
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Theodore B. Taylor was among the most ingenious engineers of the nuclear age. He created the most powerful and the smallest nuclear weapons of his time (his masterpiece, the Davy Crockett, weighed in at a svelte 50 pounds) and also spearheaded efforts to create a nuclear-powered spacecraft. But in his later years, Taylor became increasingly concerned that compact and powerful bombs could be easily built not just by nations employing experts such as himself, but by single individuals with modest technical ability and perseverance. McPhee tours American nuclear installations with Taylor, and we are treated to a grim, eye-opening account of just how close we are to witnessing terrorist attacks using homemade nuclear weaponry. The Curve of Binding Energy is compelling writing about an urgently important topic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A book holding, with pretty good authority, that tens of thousands of people know enough about the bomb and are close enough to what they don't know to produce a bomb at home . . . The report's art at its difficult best.” ―Alvin Beam, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
“Though dwellers in the nuclear age should ponder this book, as much for its intellectual excitement as for its warning.” ―Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal
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Initially uncertain, i just downloded a free sample .
However, after a few pages, my curiosity grew, and I decided to read the entire volume .
The author, describes the work of Theodore B Taylor, an inventor physicist, who designed more efficient nuclear devices.
Theodore also became concerned about public safety in the nuclear industry; in fact far ahead of his time .
A shame such intelligence, was devoted to something inherently evil .
This book will make you ponder our future; go read it .