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Mad on Radium: New Zealand in the Atomic Age

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Although New Zealander Lord Rutherford was the first to split the atom, the country has since been known around the world for its nuclear-free stance. In this engaging and accessible book, an alternative history is revealed of "nuclear New Zealand"—when there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology. From the first users of X-rays and radium in medicine to th ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Auckland University Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Pete Sime
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New Zealand's nuclear history is much more than Ernest Rutherford, the Rainbow Warrior and our eventual nuclear-free status.

In this book, Rebecca Priestly charts an atomic history, touching on NZ's involvement in the Manhattan Project, radon-infused tonics at Rotorua, uranium prospecting on the West Coast, a (subcritical) research reactor at the University of Canterbury, particle accelerators, weapons test monitoring, civil defence, the policy decisions around whether to construct a reactor to
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Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historians, Political Science types, Geeks
What a wonderful read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical and political aspects of the Atomic Age. Well done to Rebecca to turning in a PhD on this topic into a very readable book!
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