AUTHORRockwell, Theodore
TITLECreating the New World: Stories and Images from the Dawn of the Atomic Age
PUBLISHER1st Books Library
CITYBloomington, IN
DATE PUBLISHED2004
ISBN1-4107-0333-9


This collection of autobiographical essays chronicles the evolution of nuclear power in the United States from the point of view of a participant. The author provides glimpses of the key events and the people who played a role in the development of that important source of energy and also presents a case for its continued and expanded use. The book begins with the author's experience in the Manhattan Project as a chemical engineer at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It continues through his post-war work designing reactors and shielding for submarines, working with the first commercial nuclear power plant at Shippingsport, Pennsylvania, developing procedures for public safety, and learning lessons from the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania. It concludes with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of controlled fission at the University of Chicago in 1992. The book contains numerous photographs, diagrams, and graphs.


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