AUTHORHaber, Heinz
TITLEThe Walt Disney Story of Our Friend the Atom
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1956
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This children’s book explains atoms and their use. It includes information on the discoveries leading to knowledge of the atom and subsequent advances in the field of atomic radiation. The book discusses many of history’s greatest scientists and their theories and discoveries, including a simple explanation of Einstein’s groundbreaking equation for the relationship of mass and energy. Also explained are the process and implications of nuclear fission, with a brief description of atomic bombs, nuclear energy, and nuclear submarines. The use of the atom is portrayed positively; the author expresses the wish that the atom will bring the world power, food, health, and peace. The story of the atom is paired with a story of a fisherman unleashing the power of a genie from a magic lamp. Moviemaker Walt Disney contributed a foreword to the book. It was intended as a companion to a film of the same name and was written by the chief science consultant at the Disney studios. The book contains numerous illustrative color drawings and is appropriate for children of all ages.


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