Atomic Adventures

  • by James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent, conspiracy theorist or pragmatist, James Mahaffey's books have served to open up the world of nuclear science like never before. With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.
Mahaffey unearths lost reactors on far-flung Pacific islands and trees that were exposed to active fission that changed gender or bloomed in the dead of winter. He explains why we have nuclear submarines but not nuclear aircraft and why cold fusion doesn't exist. And who knew that radiation counting was once a fashionable trend?
Though parts of the nuclear history might seem like a fiction mash-up where cowboys somehow got a hold of a reactor, Mahaffey's vivid prose holds the listener in thrall of the infectious energy of scientific curiosity and ingenuity that may one day hold the key to solving our energy crisis or sending us to Mars.
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Laconic telling of hidden nuclear history

Lots of good stories ranging from the true origin of Roswell UFO stories though atomic rocket motors to the cold fusion debacle. Along the way I also learned to stop worrying about dirty bombs.
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- Murray

Fascinating and entertaining science

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This is nuclear science laid bare. From the the visionaries to the Dr Strangeloves, this book is an amazing historical journey. The author draws us into a complex world, but explains clearly how it all works. He does it with wit, fortitude and refreshing honesty. The book covers a huge range of topics. Conducting experiments, debunking conspiracy theories, confronting bad science, building nuclear powered bomber aircraft - that's just a few of them. This is the most enjoyable science book I have ever listened to. Funny, scary and highly informative.

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- Clive Gates

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.