The Rise of Nuclear Fear PDF Þ The Rise Epub / of

The Rise of Nuclear Fear PDF Þ The Rise Epub / of

The Rise of Nuclear Fear ❮Reading❯ ➸ The Rise of Nuclear Fear Author Spencer R. Weart – After a tsunami destroyed the cooling system at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant triggering a meltdown protesters around the world challenged the use of nuclear power Germany announced it would c After a tsunami destroyed the cooling system of Nuclear Kindle Ï at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant triggering a meltdown protesters around the world challenged the use of nuclear power Germany announced it would close its plants by The Rise Epub / Although the ills of fossil fuels are better understood than ever the threat of climate change has never aroused the same visceral dread or swift action Spencer Weart dissects this paradox demonstrating that a Rise of Nuclear Kindle ´ powerful web of images surrounding nuclear energy holds us captive allowing fear rather than facts to drive our thinking and public policyBuilding on his classic Nuclear Fear Weart follows nuclear imagery from its origins in the symbolism of medieval alchemy to its appearance in film and fiction Long before nuclear fission was discovered fantasies of the destroyed planet the transforming ray and the white city of the future took root in the popular imagination At the turn of the twentieth century when limited facts about radioactivity became known they produced a blurred picture upon which scientists and the public projected their hopes and fears These fears were magnified during the Cold War when mushroom clouds no longer needed to be imagined; they appeared on the evening news Weart examines nuclear anxiety in sources as diverse as Alain Resnais's film Hiroshima Mon Amour Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road and the television show The Simpsons Recognizing how much we remain in thrall to these setpieces of the imagination Weart hopes will help us resist manipulation from both sides of the nuclear debate.

10 thoughts on “The Rise of Nuclear Fear

  1. John Lindberg John Lindberg says:

    Excellent book masterful creation of a strong narrative that does lead the reader through the decades A must for anyone interested in nuclear history climate change or fear narrative creation

  2. Michael Burnam-Fink Michael Burnam-Fink says:

    This is the definitive history of the psychology of the atom from the discovery of radium to Fukushima Weart shows how nuclear science has since its inception blended together various hopes and fears taking on various aspects of a universal narrative that could be summarized as the scientistalchemist unlocks immense secrets to build utopia but due to his human flaws winds up corrupting nature and destroying himself instead The concrete realities of the atomic bomb and the nuclear power industry provided an anchor for these fears and other primal fearsThis book is at its best discussing the psychology of the scientific aspirations of the 1920s and 30s and the ways that public opinion swirling around changing nuclear developments from 1945 1980 For example 'duck and cover' is commonly regarded as a grim joke but it would have offered reasonable protection against the early 10 25 kilotonne atomic bombs Only with megatonne fusion city busters did the 'winnable' nuclear war become truly insaneConversely Weart is weak on the facts Not necessarily wrong I'm moderately well read on Cold War nuclear strategy and nuclear accidents like Three Mile Island Chernobyl and Fukushima and there wasn't anything that seemed out of place but these complex topics are covered in only the most cursory ways There's nothing to let you decide if for example there were in fact proper safeguards against an accidental nuclear exchange we came too close several times or if the American Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a better oversight agency than Japan's TEPCOOne thing that may rub some people the wrong way is Weart's general pro nuclear stance He is of the opinion that nuclear power is the safest form of electricity generation and certainly far safer than coal and that most of the fears over the health risks of radiation are overblown compared to both natural background radiation and other toxins in the environment I agree with him but a committed anti nuclear activist is probably going to throw the book aside Weart attempts to build a bridge between the pro nuclear technocratic community and various anti nuclear factions of environmentalists libertarians and pacifists but he is definitely standing on one side

  3. Angie Reisetter Angie Reisetter says:

    This book by a cultural historian is as he says in his afterword not about our actual problems but the things that distract us from them And in that sense I guess I was somewhat disappointed in it I was just hoping for some scientific information But it is what it is And it's really well written Lots of well cultural informationBut I wouldn't say it's balanced He does characterize the two sides of the nuclear debate as the antinuclear movement and rational thought It feels than a little condescending Every time he gets close to admitting that nuclear power does contain some little kind of threat he is uick to point out that other industrial accidents have killed It's true But not balancedBut again lots of scholarly info about the cultural context of nuclear energy in a scholarly dry tone Good if you're looking for a resource for this kind of thing

  4. John John says:

    Masterly and balanced account of a crucial piece of modern history how the discovery of the nuclear atom and subseuent developments of nuclear weapons and nuclear power came to take over pre existing myths and fears already active in the collective psyche of humanity This is of crucial importance for the future of humanity since it has led mass movements and even some populist governments Germany Italy Switzerland to irrationally spurn or retard the development UK USA the best hope of solving the now pressing problem of global warming Strongly recommended to anyone who cares about the future of our planet Also by the way an excellent and fascinating read showing how psychology can affect history

  5. Jani-Petri Jani-Petri says:

    Very balanced and well written book on the cultural history of how the fear of all things nuclear appeared This book details how imagery of religions alchemy science fiction Hollywood films etc got mixed up with the fear and politics of nuclear weapons during the cold war There is also a detailed discussion on the different mindset of scientists and antis which goes a long way in explaining why sensible discussion on energy policies has become so difficult

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