Book ID: CBB828953046

Nuclear Weapons (2022)


Wolverton, Mark (Author)

MIT Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 280
Language: English

Although the world's attention has shifted to drone-controlled bombing and cyberwarfare, the threat of nuclear war still exists. There are now fourteen thousand nuclear weapons in the hands of the nine declared nuclear powers. Even though the world survived the Cold War, we need to understand what it means to live with nuclear weapons. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Mark Wolverton offers a primer on nuclear weapons, from the science of fission and fusion to the pursuit of mutual assured destruction, the SALT and START agreements, and the Bomb in pop culture. Wolverton explains the basic scientific facts, offers historical perspective, and provides a nuanced view of the unique political, social, and moral dilemmas posed by nuclear weapons. He describes the birth of the Bomb in 1945 and its use against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; explains how a nuclear bomb works; recounts episodes when the world came close to waging nuclear war, including the Cuban missile crisis in 1962; discusses nuclear policy and nuclear treaties; and traces the influence of such films as On the Beach, Dr. Strangelove, and The Day After.

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Authors & Contributors
Gordin, Michael D.
Adamskii, V. B.
Goncharov, G. A.
Trutnev, Iu. A.
Klishin, V.
Shustov, V.
History and Technology
Canadian Military History
Air Power History
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Cornell University Press
Naval Institute Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Prometheus Books
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Technology and war; technology and the military
Cold War
Military technology
Technology and politics
Arms race
Truman, Harry S.
Stalin, Joseph
Teller, Edward
Nixon, Richard M.
Churchill, Winston
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
Central Asia
Hanford Nuclear Site (Washington)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
United States Air Force

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