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The Curve of Binding Energy by John McPhee

The Curve of Binding Energy

by John McPhee

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Fascinating. ( )
  gregorybrown | Oct 18, 2015 |
A fascinating and ultimately chilling book about nuclear energy and possible dangers (including scenarios that have nothing to do with terrorists obtaining a nuclear device). The most chilling observation? "As far as we know, everyone who has attempted to build a nuclear device has succeeded on the first try." ( )
  BruceCoulson | Jan 10, 2014 |
Dated, but still very frightening book. ( )
  lpg3d | Jun 22, 2010 |
I kept forgetting, while reading, that this book was written 35 years ago. Not a good thing when the book is about the regulation of nuclear materials. ( )
  pilarflores | Dec 6, 2009 |
Good, short McPhee 1970's biograpy of physicist Ted Taylor and their shared alarm about security of commercial nuclear components. Dated. According to Taylor there should be a nuke plant in every backyard making power by now and big junks of fuel should have already gone off in home made suitcase bombs. ( )
  Smiley | Nov 6, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0374515980, Paperback)

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.

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Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear institutions with Taylor and shows us how close we are to terrorist attacks employing homemade nuclear weaponry.… (more)

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