Chapter 26. Nuclear Explosions

The primary purpose of this book is to describe the peaceful and beneficial applications of nuclear energy. To attempt a discussion of the military uses is risky because of the emotional nature of the subject and the impossibility of doing justice to the complex problems involved. To neglect the subject, however, would be misleading, as if we wished to suggest that nuclear energy is entirely benign. Thus, we will review some important facts and ideas about nuclear explosions and their uses, with three objectives:

  • Distinguish between nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
  • Identify the technical aspects and strategic issues involved in the military use of nuclear processes.
  • Indicate the continued need for control ...

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