TITLEAn Atomic Empire: A Technical History of the Rise and Fall of the British Atomic Energy Programme
PUBLISHERImperial College Press

This book presents a technical history of the development and ultimate failure of the British atomic energy program, focusing mainly on the time period of the 1950s. It describes the evolution of research and prototype reactors required to create a commercial nuclear power station in the United Kingdom (UK). In addition to the technical discussion, the author examines the decision-making process of the British government and involved agencies throughout the period. The opening chapters provide an introduction to basic nuclear physics, sketches of British physicists who played major roles in the development of nuclear power, and descriptions of important UK locations in the nuclear program. Ensuing chapters focus on nuclear reactors and power stations, the Windscale accident, and the British nuclear navy.

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