Proving Grounds: Project Plowshare and the Unrealized Dream of Nuclear Earthmoving
Rutgers University Press, 2005 - 257 páginas
Although unthinkable by today's standards, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission spent hundreds of millions of dollars between 1957 and 1974 studying the feasibility of using nuclear explosions for so-called "peaceful" purposes under a program called Project Plowshare. Nuclear earthmoving, promoted by the famed physicist, defense strategist, and anticommunist Edward Teller, was the most notorious of Plowshare's experimental programs. Teller and his colleagues proposed using nuclear explosions to build canals, dig harbors, and create dams and quarries. Such "constructive" uses of atomic weaponry, they believed, would help defuse Americans' fears about radioactive fallout and nuclear testing and would encourage continued support for nuclear research programs.
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Structured as a study of how administrative and intellectual spaces interact with geographical space, the author examines what happened when Lawrence Livermore Lab, that hot-house flower of the Cold ... Ler resenha completa