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Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima (English Edition) eBook Kindle


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From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.

Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom—and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.

Sobre o Autor

James Mahaffey was a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he worked under contract for the Defense Nuclear Agency, the National Ground Intelligence Center, the Air Force Air Logistics Center, and Georgia Power Company, focusing on reactor safety systems, nonlinear analysis, and digital systems design. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.



Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


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  • Número de páginas: 619 páginas
  • Editora: Pegasus Books (4 de fevereiro de 2014)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
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5.0 de 5 estrelas A Grand Adventure Disguised As A Technology Book 5 de setembro de 2015
Por Walt Heenan - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This was not the book I expected when I purchased it. I was expecting an authoritative, well researched, well documented treatise on the history of nuclear accidents. It was certainly that. But I was also expecting a dry, pedantic, academic, formal, and boring book that I was determined to slog thorough because I wanted to understand the topic.

In a story that traces its plot from a wrecked 2-10-0 decapod steam engine in north Georgia in 1954 to a massive hydrogen explosion at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan in 2011, the human story is always front and center. Don’t misunderstand, Mahaffey understands the technology intimately and he describes the technical details with an engineers precision, but he also understands that it is the interface between the human and the machine where the true story is told, and time-and-time again, where the culprit of tragedy is to be found.

Although the title makes it sound like an academic textbook, it reads more like a Sebastian Junger or Jon Krakauer adventure story. One where when you breathlessly complete it, you will be chagrined to realize you just may have read a textbook.

There are two threads of striking similarities running through these stories. The first is how incaution led to so many of these accidents. At first, this seems surprising given the dangerous nature of the processes and materials being handled. But it reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend. We are both rock climbers and used to a certain element of risk. We were discussing a climber who was well known for incredibly difficult climbs without a rope and I suggested he was somehow fundamentally different from the rest of us. My friend disagreed and offered that each time we take a risk and have a positive outcome, our expectation of a positive outcome increases and conversely, our vigilance decreases. It is an interesting idea and one that highlights the imperativeness of following well designed safety procedures and how there can be little or no tolerance for mavericks here.

The second striking thread was how many accidents were due to operators failing to follow procedures or mistrusting measurements because they followed their “gut instincts”. This thread might also seem to highlight the imperativeness of following well designed safety procedures and how there can be little or no tolerance for mavericks, but it less clear as we really have no good data on whether and how many accidents were averted by similar actions.

This is a story of great tragedy and sometimes great catastrophe. It is a story that doesn't shy away from telling the, often painful, stories of the very real human beings at the center of the events. Whether the result of ignorance, youthful exuberance, hubris, heroism, or luck, the pictures painted in these words are fitting testimonials to the tragic victims of these events.

But this is ultimately an optimistic story. It tells the tale of a completely new technology from its earliest inception to the present day through the lens of adversity. But the ultimate sense one is left with is a sense of triumph. If there is any pessimism, it is from the nagging sensation that what should be one of humanities greatest triumphs may be abandoned out of misplaced fear.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas I really enjoyed this book 17 de julho de 2016
Por Curt W Taylor - Publicada na Amazon.com
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As an ex-Navy submariner and Engineering Watch Supervisor, I really enjoyed this book. I trained on the A1W prototype in Idaho (1972) and spent a good deal of time on the other 2 plants (S5G and S1W). SL1 was a scary rumor at the time and the only teachable moment I remember is that we needed to always believe our instrumentation, especially with a reactor accident or potential contamination event. I think this came from the first responders at SL1 not believing their counters when they first rolled up. We had to live in Idaho Falls and commute by a bus just about every day. We drove right past where some of the stories in this book unfolded. Brought back a lot of memories.

The boat I was on had a few situations that I was disappointed were not mentioned in the book. She was a very old boat, since retired with her reactor compartment buried out at the Hanford site. We had a couple primary to secondary leaks in our steam generators, as well as unexplained shield tank overflows while at sea.The primary leaks were first seen as iodine isotopes at the air ejectors on the main condensers. We had to isolate the engineering spaces and lived in our EAB's for 3 weeks limping back to Pearl. At the time there were a number of incidents across the fleet, per the grapevine, leading to a crew on another boat refusing to go to sea. I was hoping to find where I could contact the author. Rickover's nuclear navy did not have as spotless of a record as book seemed to imply at some points. Anyway, very good book, especially if you lived some of it.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas This made the book a great read for the technically curious 8 de maio de 2016
Por Mark Mayer - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This is a real page turner. I had no idea so many accidents had happened. For me the most fascinating, and scary incidents, are those that occurred in reprocessing labs, where just pouring material from one container to another with a different shape creates a critical mass. Parts of it are quite technical, and requires some background in physics, but overall its very accessible.

The title of the book is a bit misleading, because in order to cover accidents the author presents a huge amount of background material explaining how a broad range of nuclear facilities were designed and supposed to work, in order to explain how things went wrong. This made the book a great read for the technically curious. I've only read one other book that installed equal enthusiasm: The invention that changed the world by Robert Buderi, a history of the development of microwave radar and the science that arose from it,
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Outstanding. Highly educational, entertaining, and even amusing 28 de julho de 2015
Por Martin H. Goodman - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This is one of best books I've read. It significantly increased my understanding of nuclear technology, and I thought I knew a fair amount about that prior to picking up the book. It made me smile and even laugh at times. Several times I put down the book to call or email others I knew just to share passages from it with them.

On the face of it paradoxically (tho if you read it, you'll understand) this compendium of descriptions of atomic accidents... including some major disasters... ultimately serves to make (a rational person) understand how relatively safe this technology is, especially as compared to alterantive means of generating the electrical power our entire civilization depends on.

What I especially liked was that the book primarily presents facts and knowledge and history, and for the most part meticulously leaves it to the reader to make judgments and come to conclusions of generalities.

I would have liked there to have been a bit more on new emerging ("4th generation") nuclear technologies, tho they are mentioned briefly in an encouraging fashion.

This is a truly fascinating and HIGHLY read-able book. I recommend highly you buy and read it.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Best book we (my wife and I) have read on this subject. 26 de setembro de 2016
Por Stephen Armstrong - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Mahaffey has the perspective to see how nuclear power works, and how the holders of nuclear power accidentally screw up. Very well documented and very well written. This is worth the lay public's attention.

I found this much more valuable than The Three Mile Island Accident (Charles River Editors), which I thought was merely a simple accident "review."

Cherynobyl 01:23:40 (Andrew Leatherbarrow) was very good. Mahaffey's book covers the Chernobyl disaster also, and because Mahaffey's work has a broader context, adds a lot to Leatherbarrow's perspective.

One of the best books on Fukushima Daiichi is: On the Bring: The inside story of Fukushima Daiich (Ryusho Kadota). (Mahaffey covers this, too, in great detail).

Overall, the best summary book we could find. Despite the gravity of the subject, Mahaffey has a twinkle in his eye and a gentle wit about how things happen.
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