Chapter 15. The History of Nuclear Energy

The development of nuclear energy exemplifies the consequences of scientific study, technological effort, and commercial application. We will review the history for its relation to our cultural background, which should include man's endeavors in the broadest sense. The author subscribes to the traditional conviction that history is relevant. Present understanding is grounded in recorded experience, and although we cannot undo errors, we can avoid them in the future. It is to be hoped that we can establish concepts and principles about human attitudes and capabilities that are independent of time to help guide future action. Finally, we can draw confidence and inspiration from the knowledge of what human ...

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