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Atomic Adventures Audiobook

Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science

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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2017 James Mahaffey (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    This seemed to me way over the top for extraneous detail. Its one of these promising titles that really have little to say about anything but contained lots personal details. I could not finish it because for every one little tittle of technical info, I had to endure 100 details as mundane as the color of some scientists eyeglass frames. What he liked to eat, how long a plane flight was, where he vacationed, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Nope.. Not my cup of tea. The interesting stuff was soooo far apart, I would forget the topic of the chapter by the time something relevant was stated. One has to wonder where some authors get all this trivial hearsay from people they never knew from so long ago? And... well, lets just say no more.

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    Michael 07-23-17
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    A pleasantly surprising amount of humor for such a technical book. I loved it, lots of detail which may be a bit overwhelming for the uninitiated.

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    "Some Great Stories of the Atomic Age"

    This new book has most of the known stories of atomic adventures and misadventures, including new data I haven't seen elsewhere. Also, some great new stories. Altogether a fascinating read, very well narrated. Fun and interesting.

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    Brian 07-09-17
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    mushroom clouds, history, and an educational experience about nuclear engineering that is very eye opening.

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    Great stories and interesting happenings from the nuclear age, told in a folksy way , with an undertone of humor. My only issue would be that the author at times, goes into incredible details... probably beyond the needs of most readers. But overall a very insightful and enjoyable read

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    "Another great book by James Mahaffey"

    i am by no means a physics expert, but this book breaks down the science to where most laymen can understand what's going on. i had been looking forward to this book for months and was not disappointed in the slightest.

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    "Best author on Audible is back with a new title."

    When another book by James showed up I clicked purchase with such alacrity that my phone froze up on me. Should make his whole body of work available for audio book listenners. Thank you for your hard work and attention to detail, it's very clwar that you have a high level of respect for your listeners.

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