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Proving the Principle: A History of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, 1949-1999

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 348 pages
Published October 6th 2000 by United States Government Printing
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Rebecca
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: atomic
This book was a history of the INEL, the site of numerous nuclear reactors - including the only deadly nuclear accident in the US. It made for very interesting reading, no nuclear science background required. It covers many of the experiments run at the lab, including SNAPTRAN and ANP.

I read this book on the INEL's website, and that version was very poorly formatted. At times, illustrations would cover up text on the page. Many illustrations were enlarged and highly pixelated. I don't know if
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Casey
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I grew up in Idaho Falls, I didn’t know much about what happened out at the INL (and it’s many previous acronyms). This book provided a comprehensive account of the history of the site, its major discoveries, and the political struggles it’s encountered, both locally and nationally.
David
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading and solid documentation of an exciting post WWII research period. The Idaho Lab's research directly resulted in, among many other things, the first nuclear reactors producing electricity and nuclear propulsion of subs and carriers. There was even a nuclear powered aircraft project which fortunately never flew. The coverage of the fatal reactor accident is brief and doesn't speculate on the cause much beyond the official enquiries. The electronic version amply illustrated with ...more
Hywel Owen
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indispensible history of nuclear power, with a focus on Idaho National Laboratory. Recommended for any student of the subject.

Search for the title on Google to download a free version from the INL website.
Kelly Horn
Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pure boosterism which sugar-coats the realities of the INL. For unbiased history, try "Idaho Falls: America's First Nuclear Disaster" by William McKeown.
Marlene
I am so excited to read this history of an important industry in Idaho.
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This book gives good information about the history of INL. However, it does tend to read like a history book. So, at times, it is not very engaging. But all in all it was pretty good.
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