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Life Atomic

Life Atomic
Author: Angela N. H. Creager
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022601794X
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After World War II, the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) began mass-producing radioisotopes, sending out nearly 64,000 shipments of radioactive materials to scientists and physicians by 1955. Even as the atomic bomb became the focus of Cold War anxiety, radioisotopes represented the government’s efforts to harness the power of the atom for peace—advancing medicine, domestic energy, and foreign relations. In Life Atomic, Angela N. H. Creager tells the story of how these radioisotopes, which were simultaneously scientific tools and political icons, transformed biomedicine and ecology. Government-produced radioisotopes provided physicians with new tools for diagnosis and therapy, specifically cancer therapy, and enabled biologists to trace molecular transformations. Yet the government’s attempt to present radioisotopes as marvelous dividends of the atomic age was undercut in the 1950s by the fallout debates, as scientists and citizens recognized the hazards of low-level radiation. Creager reveals that growing consciousness of the danger of radioactivity did not reduce the demand for radioisotopes at hospitals and laboratories, but it did change their popular representation from a therapeutic agent to an environmental poison. She then demonstrates how, by the late twentieth century, public fear of radioactivity overshadowed any appreciation of the positive consequences of the AEC’s provision of radioisotopes for research and medicine.
Life Atomic
Language: en
Pages: 448
Authors: Angela N. H. Creager
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-02 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press
After World War II, the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) began mass-producing radioisotopes, sending out nearly 64,000 shipments of radioactive materials to scientists and physicians by 1955. Even as the atomic bomb became the focus of Cold War anxiety, radioisotopes represented the government’s efforts to harness the power of the atom for peace—advancing medicine, domestic energy, and foreign relations. In Life Atomic, Angela N. H. Creager tells the story of how these radioisotopes, which were simultaneously scientific tools and political icons, transformed biomedicine and ecology. Government-produced radioisotopes provided physicians with new tools for diagnosis and therapy, specifically cancer therapy, and enabled biologists to trace molecular transformations. Yet the government’s attempt to present radioisotopes as marvelous dividends of the atomic age was undercut in the 1950s by the fallout debates, as scientists and citizens recognized the hazards of low-level radiation. Creager reveals that growing consciousness of the danger of radioactivity did not reduce the demand for radioisotopes at hospitals and laboratories, but it did change their popular representation from a therapeutic agent to an environmental poison. She then demonstrates how, by the late twentieth century, public fear of radioactivity overshadowed any appreciation of the positive consequences of the AEC’s provision of
LIFE
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Angela N. H. Creager
Categories: Science
Type: MAGAZINE - Published: 1945-10-29 - Publisher:
LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
School Life
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Angela N. H. Creager
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 1947 - Publisher:
Books about School Life
Atomic Junction
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
An innovative account of the first nuclear programme in independent Africa, centring on the promises and perils of atomic research in Ghana.
The Wretched Atom
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: Jacob Darwin Hamblin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: Oxford University Press
Written by a prize-winning historian, The Wretched Atom is an authoritative history and a sweeping indictment of so-called peaceful nuclear technologies in the countries of the developing world.
Major Activities in the Atomic Energy Programs
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Categories: Nuclear energy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1966 - Publisher:
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Annual Report to Congress - U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Categories: Nuclear energy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1967 - Publisher:
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Die 1%-Methode – Minimale Veränderung, maximale Wirkung
Language: de
Pages: 368
Authors: James Clear
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-21 - Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
Das Geheimnis des Erfolgs: »Die 1%-Methode«. Sie liefert das nötige Handwerkszeug, mit dem Sie jedes Ziel erreichen. James Clear, erfolgreicher Coach und einer der führenden Experten für Gewohnheitsbildung, zeigt praktische Strategien, mit denen Sie jeden Tag etwas besser werden bei dem, was Sie sich vornehmen. Seine Methode greift auf Erkenntnisse aus Biologie, Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften zurück und funktioniert in allen Lebensbereichen. Ganz egal, was Sie erreichen möchten – ob sportliche Höchstleistungen, berufliche Meilensteine oder persönliche Ziele wie mit dem Rauchen aufzuhören –, mit diesem Buch schaffen Sie es ganz sicher.
Hearings and Reports on Atomic Energy
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Atomic Energy
Categories: Nuclear energy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1966 - Publisher:
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Living in a Nuclear World
Language: en
Pages: 342
Authors: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Soraya Boudia, Kyoko Sato
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-03-14 - Publisher: Routledge
The Fukushima disaster invites us to look back and probe how nuclear technology has shaped the world we live in, and how we have come to live with it. Since the first nuclear detonation (Trinity test) and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all in 1945, nuclear technology has profoundly affected world history and geopolitics, as well as our daily life and natural world. It has always been an instrument for national security, a marker of national sovereignty, a site of technological innovation and a promise of energy abundance. It has also introduced permanent pollution and the age of the Anthropocene. This volume presents a new perspective on nuclear history and politics by focusing on four interconnected themes–violence and survival; control and containment; normalizing through denial and presumptions; memories and futures–and exploring their relationships and consequences. It proposes an original reflection on nuclear technology from a long-term, comparative and transnational perspective. It brings together contributions from researchers from different disciplines (anthropology, history, STS) and countries (US, France, Japan) on a variety of local, national and transnational subjects. Finally, this book offers an important and valuable insight into other global and Anthropocene challenges such as climate change.