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

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348 pages, Paperback

First published October 6, 2000

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479 reviews
April 20, 2018
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 the print version looked like this, but the online version was pretty sloppy. There was an updated chapter at the end of the book, which was written in 2012. This segment of the book looked great.

This is interesting reading for anyone interested in this country's nuclear history.
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204 reviews1 follower
November 3, 2018
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.
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April 23, 2014
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 high quality photos, notes and diagrams is available at the INL Lab website.
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55 reviews14 followers
March 4, 2011
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.
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325 reviews
February 15, 2009
I am so excited to read this history of an important industry in Idaho.
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Author 6 books4 followers
February 28, 2012
Pure boosterism which sugar-coats the realities of the INL. For unbiased history, try "Idaho Falls: America's First Nuclear Disaster" by William McKeown.
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431 reviews
April 18, 2017
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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