Uranium

Uranium

War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

eBook - 2009
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Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust, and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse. Slave labor camps in Africa and Eastern Europe were built around mine shafts, and America would knowingly send more than 600 uranium miners to their graves in the name of national security. Fortunes have been made from this yellow dirt; massive energy grids have been run from it. Fear of it panicked the American people into supporting a questionable war with Iraq and its specter threatens to create another conflict in Iran. Now, some are hoping it can help avoid a global warming catastrophe.--From publisher description.
The fascinating story of the most powerful source of energy the earth can yield.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9781101024157
1101024151
9781101024522
1101024526
9781101023044
110102304X
Characteristics: xii, 337 p. ; 24 cm

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hesselugano
Nov 17, 2015

This book has a few fundamental inaccuracies.
Thorium, which is 3.5 times as abundant as uranium, can be converted to Uranium-233 in a breeder reactor (provided some enriched Uranium is used to start the chain reaction). America made a bomb with a core of U233 and tested it with limited success. The breeding Uranium from Thorium produces small amounts of U232 with it's ugly decay chain (Bismuth-212, Thallium-208). This makes U233 unsuitable for nuclear weapons due to dangerous levels of hard gamma radiation.
The present system of using enriched uranium is wasteful because U235 is as scarce as platinum and the world will run out. Thorium could meet the world's energy needs for thousands of years, with near-zero carbon emissions (the probable time it will take to build viable fusion reactors).

rstucke35 Oct 01, 2012

This book is a must read for anyone interested on basic insite on Uranium and Nuclear Power. Covers a broad range of topics but does so in a very interesting manor.

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LCoburn
Oct 08, 2010

I thought this book was FANTASTIC!
It is written in a story book fashion that weaves together numerous facts about Uranium and the politics behind it. It teaches us how it became known, it's history, who uses it, what is's uses are, etc etc etc.
You certainly do not need an interest in Uranium, history or politics to enjoy this read.
You learn so much about so may topics while being entrenched in the story line.

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LCoburn
Oct 08, 2010

I thought this book was FANTASTIC!
It is written in a story book fashion that weaves together numerous facts about Uranium and the politics behind it. It teaches us how it became known, it's history, who uses it, what is's uses are, etc etc etc.
You certainly do not need an interest in Uranium, history or politics to enjoy this read.
You learn so much about so may topics while being entrenched in the story line.

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