Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

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The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world - or destroy it

Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust - yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastat­ing weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-Uranium is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse.




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  • ISBN 13: 9780143116721
  • ISBN 10: 014311672X
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 354
  • Size: 8.48" l x 5.52" w x 0.83" h

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