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The Curve of Binding Energy

McPhee, John A.

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ISBN 10: 0374133735 / ISBN 13: 9780374133733
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1974
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First Printing. Book has previous owner name in ink on FFEP and light toning to top edge of boards, else Fine. Jacket has missing piece at top front outside corner and closed tear down from spine fold on the front, chipping at spine ends and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 002821

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Title: The Curve of Binding Energy

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fair

Edition: 1st Edition

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Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear institutions with Taylor and shows us how close we are to terrorist attacks employing homemade nuclear weaponry.

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Theodore B. Taylor was among the most ingenious engineers of the nuclear age. He created the most powerful and the smallest nuclear weapons of his time (his masterpiece, the Davy Crockett, weighed in at a svelte 50 pounds) and also spearheaded efforts to create a nuclear-powered spacecraft. But in his later years, Taylor became increasingly concerned that compact and powerful bombs could be easily built not just by nations employing experts such as himself, but by single individuals with modest technical ability and perseverance. McPhee tours American nuclear installations with Taylor, and we are treated to a grim, eye-opening account of just how close we are to witnessing terrorist attacks using homemade nuclear weaponry. The Curve of Binding Energy is compelling writing about an urgently important topic.

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