Uranium

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Uranium
  • Tom Zoellner
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 0670020648

About the Author: Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner is the author of popular nonfiction books which take multidimensional views of their subject and show the descent of an influential object through history His work has been called genre defying and has been widely reviewed and translated He is an Associate Professor of English at Chapman University.


Uranium The Fascinating Story Of The Most Powerful Source Of Energy The Earth Can YieldUranium 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 Whoever Could Master Uranium Could Master The World Marie Curie Gave Us Hope That Uranium Would Be A Miracle P

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10 thoughts on “Uranium

  1. Sesana says:

    Eminently readable, Uranium traces the history of the element from garbage rock to coveted weapons material Zoellner made the probably wise decision to avoid giving too much space in his book to events widely covered elsewhere So there s very little about Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and even the Manhattan Project gets rather less attention than it might have, with Zoellner focusingon the uranium than on the scientists Because let s face it, if you re going to pick up a history of Eminently readable, Uranium traces the history of the element from garbage rock to coveted weapons material Zoellner made the probably wise decision to avoid giving too much space in his book to events widely covered elsewhere So there s very little about Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and even the Manhattan Project gets rather less attention than it migh...

  2. Grumpus says:

    This is basically the biography of Uranium The history of how it was discovered and evolved to what it is today was a great read, especially considering the time we re in with everyone trying to get the bomb This powerful quote from the book s introduction sums it all up,From dust to dust, the Earth came seeded with the means of it s own destruction a geological original sinThe news is always talking about if terrorists ever got nuclear weapons how easy it would be to use them After r This is basically the biography of Uranium The history of how it was discovered and evolved to what it is today was a great read, especially considering the time we re in with everyone trying to get the bomb This powerful quote from the book s introduction sums it all up,From dust to dust, the Earth came seeded with the means of it s own destruction a geological original sinThe news is always talking about if terrorists ever got nuclear weapons how easy it would be to use them After reading this book, I have becomefearful at the ease in which this could happen If someone is determined to get uranium, I don t doubt that they will There is little accounting of stuff by world governments and even some the inventory they know they are supposed to have goes missing It was scary to read about some boys finding some in a field nobody knows how the ore they found ...

  3. Lee says:

    I just listened to Uranium War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner Maybe you know it s radioactive, and maybe you also know the timeframe it went from being an unknown nuisance rock to something that would change the world forever But do you know where it first came from on its race to its final resting place in Hiroshima Zoellner does a great job of following its path through history from the first people who dug the mines and quietly shipped it to the secret processi I just listened to Uranium War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner Maybe you know it s radioactive, and maybe you also know the timeframe it went from being an unknown nuisance rock to something that would change the world forever But do you...

  4. Brian says:

    It was pretty good from a history perspective with a few gaps, but I guess there seemed to be a matter of fact attitude with little on whether it was good or bad Seems like he could have taken a bitof a stand one way or the other I guess he is leaving that up for us to decide.It also seems like he should have coveredon Chernobyl, 3 Mile Island, and Yucca mountain I would have also liked to hearabout how European countries are doing with nuclear power Guess I will have to fi It was pretty good from a history perspective with a few gaps, but I guess there seemed to be a matter ...

  5. Steven says:

    The author s approach was bit dry for me I don t mind a boring and technical read, but this book lacked the sort of layering that can make such a significant story even better This read like a dry report, rather than an engaging chronicle of some of...

  6. David says:

    I listened to this book as an Audible download I enjoyed listening to it while I drove, took public transportation, and exercised A cranky complaint I have about this book and many others is that the reader apparently a native of North America , when compelled to read a quotation, feels that it is necessary to assume an accent that is associated with the writer s native region The result sounds like the list below Accent Characters from aging or ancient popular culture that, in the minds I listened to this book as an Audible download I enjoyed listening to it while I drove, took public transportation, and exercised A cranky complaint I have about this book and many others is that the reader apparently a native of North America , when compelled to read a quotation, feels that it is necessary to assume an accent that is associated with the writer s native region The result sounds like the list below Accent Characters from aging or ancient popular culture that, in the minds of readers and producers of audio books, embody all speakers of that languageAustralian Crocodile DundeeRussian Boris Badinov from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoonsGerman Col Clink from Hogan s Heroes French The amorous skunk Pepe LePuw from ancient cartoonsBritish middle class or above, over 50 Col BlimpBritish middle class or above, under 50 Bertie WoosterBritish working class generic cockney hooliganScotl...

  7. J.S. says:

    First of all, this book is not a science book Instead, it is a somewhat meandering history of the use of uranium, particularly as it relates to U 238 and U 235 used in nuclear fission reactions Initially, uranium was used for little except as an occasional colorant in stained glass, but in 1934 Enrico Fermi discovered the instability of it s atom and the potential use in bombs Zoellner discusses the history of mining uranium in Joachims...

  8. Austin says:

    This book caught my eye because of the nuclear accident in Japan It starts with the stories of the first physicists and chemists who posited that nuclear fusion would be possible in the 1930s There s a fascinating episode in which Albert Einstein used his clout to finally get the possibility on the radar of the American Government There s a concise history of the Manhattan Project, but mostly Zoellner focuses on Uranium itself All of the ore for the first American atomic bombs was mined in C This book caught my eye because of the nuclear accident in Japan It starts with the stories of the first physicists and chemists who posited that nuclear fusion would be possible in the 1930s There s a fascin...

  9. Atila Iamarino says:

    Hist ria legal, mas o livro n o acrescenta muito Da parte hist rica, a descoberta e o uso do ur nio s o retratados melhor no The Making of the Atomic Bomb um dos melhores que j li, ali s E a parte qu mica muit...

  10. Jerry Smith says:

    It must be hard to write a book on this topic without getting bogged down in complicated nuclear science Zoellner manages to achieve this feat by telling the story as though it is a chronology of a life It works, leaning fairly heavily on the mining side and the various sources of Uranium that have been in the ascendancy since its discovery There is also a fairly heavy emphasis on the a bomb which is interesting and, of course, natural given the nature of the subject.The tales of mining are p It must be hard to write a book on this topic without getting bogged down in complicated nuclear science Zoellner manages to achieve thi...