Romancing the Atom by Robert R. Johnson
Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima

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In 1945, Albert Einstein said, "The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking … the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind." This statement seems more valid today than ever. Romancing the Atom: Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima presents compelling moments that clearly depict the folly and shortsightedness of our "atomic mindset" and shed light upon current issues of nuclear power, waste disposal, and weapons development.

The book consists of ten nonfiction historical vignettes, including the women radium dial painters of the 1920s, the expulsion of the Bikini Island residents to create a massive "petri dish" for post-World War II bomb and radiation testing, the government-subsidized uranium rush of the 1950s and its effects on Native American communities, and the secret radioactive material development facilities in residential neighborhoods. In addition, the book includes original interviews of prominent historians, writers, and private citizens involved with these poignant stories.

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Robert R. Johnson is professor of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication in the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. His published works include articles in virtually every major journal in his respective disciplines and the book User-Centered Technology: A Rhetorical Theory for Computers and Other Mundane Artifacts, winner of the 1999 Best Book Award in Scientific and Technical Communication from the National Council of Teachers of English.
Published August 3, 2012 by Praeger. 217 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, War, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In this brief history of nuclear science, Johnson (humanities, Michigan Technological Univ.; User-Centered Technology) uncovers the sometimes secret and often frightening world of atomic study. From Undark paint—the radioactive product that lit many watch faces in the early 20th century—to nuclea...

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