AUTHORMcPhee, John
TITLEThe Curve of Binding Energy: A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor
PUBLISHERFarrar, Straus and Giroux
CITYNew York, NY

This inclusive biography presents the life and career of Theodore B. Taylor, a theoretical physicist and nuclear scientist during the Cold War. His scientific contributions include miniaturizing the atomic bomb and designing the largest-yield fission bomb that has ever been exploded. He also attempted to build a nuclear-powered spaceship. The most important challenge that Taylor chose to face, however, was to effect improvements in the protection of nuclear materials because he felt they were alarmingly available for exploitation. The main danger that he warned about was that terrorists might acquire a supply of nuclear materials sufficient to make an atomic bomb. The author not only chronicles significant parts of the history of nuclear energy through this story, but also assesses one of its risks.

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