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Mad on radium : New Zealand in the atomic age / Rebecca Priestley.

By: Priestley, Rebecca, 1967-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, 2012Description: xii, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781869407278 (pbk.).Subject(s): Nuclear energy -- Government policy -- New Zealand | Nuclear energy -- New Zealand -- History | Antinuclear movement -- New Zealand | Nuclear engineering -- New Zealand -- History | Antinuclear movement -- New Zealand -- History | Nuclear energy Government policy New Zealand | Nuclear energy-New Zealand-History | Antinuclear movement New Zealand History | Nuclear engineering-New Zealand-HistoryDDC classification: 333.79240993
Contents:
Preface: Nuclear-free New Zealand: myth or reality? -- Public are mad on radium!: Rutherford, New Zealand and the new physics -- Some fool in a laboratory: the atom bomb and the dawn of the atomic age -- Cold War and red-hot science: the nuclear age comes to the Pacific -- Uranium fever!: uranium prospecting on the West Coast -- There's strontium-90 in my milk: safety and public exposure to radiation -- Atoms for peace: nuclear science in New Zealand in the atomic age -- Nuclear decision: plans for nuclear power -- New national identity: becoming 'nuclear-free' -- Conclusion: Nuclear-free New Zealand: can we take it for granted?
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-275) and index. -In this engaging history, prize-winning author Rebecca Priestley reveals the alternative history of 'nuclear New Zealand' - a country where there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology, from the first users of x-rays and radium in medicine; the young Kiwi physicists seconded to the Manhattan Project; support for British bomb tests in the Pacific; plans for a heavy water plant at Wairakei and a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour; prospecting for uranium on the West Coast; and thousands of scientists and medical professionals working with nuclear technology. Priestley then considers the dramatic transition to the proudly 'nuclear-free New Zealand' policy in the 1980s.
Summary: "Prize-winning author Rebecca Priestley reveals the alternative history of ‘nuclear New Zealand’ – a country where there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology, from the first users of x-rays and radium in medicine; the young New Zealand physicists seconded to work on the Manhattan Project; support for the British bomb tests in the Pacific; plans for a heavy water plant at Wairakei; prospecting for uranium on the West Coast of the South Island; plans for a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour; and thousands of scientists and medical professionals working with nuclear technology. The change was dramatic: in the late 1970s, less than a decade before becoming so proudly nuclear-free, New Zealand was considering nuclear power to meet growing electricity demand in the North Island and the government was supporting a uranium prospecting programme on the West Coast of the South Island. By uncovering the long and rich history of New Zealanders’ engagement with the nuclear world and the roots of our nuclear-free identity, Priestley reveals much about our culture’s evolving attitudes to science and technology and the world beyond New Zealand’s shores."--Back cover.
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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 the plans for a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour, this account uncovers the long and rich history of New Zealanders' engagement with the nuclear world and the roots of its nuclear-free identity.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-275) and index.

Preface: Nuclear-free New Zealand: myth or reality? -- Public are mad on radium!: Rutherford, New Zealand and the new physics -- Some fool in a laboratory: the atom bomb and the dawn of the atomic age -- Cold War and red-hot science: the nuclear age comes to the Pacific -- Uranium fever!: uranium prospecting on the West Coast -- There's strontium-90 in my milk: safety and public exposure to radiation -- Atoms for peace: nuclear science in New Zealand in the atomic age -- Nuclear decision: plans for nuclear power -- New national identity: becoming 'nuclear-free' -- Conclusion: Nuclear-free New Zealand: can we take it for granted?

Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-275) and index. -In this engaging history, prize-winning author Rebecca Priestley reveals the alternative history of 'nuclear New Zealand' - a country where there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology, from the first users of x-rays and radium in medicine; the young Kiwi physicists seconded to the Manhattan Project; support for British bomb tests in the Pacific; plans for a heavy water plant at Wairakei and a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour; prospecting for uranium on the West Coast; and thousands of scientists and medical professionals working with nuclear technology. Priestley then considers the dramatic transition to the proudly 'nuclear-free New Zealand' policy in the 1980s.

"Prize-winning author Rebecca Priestley reveals the alternative history of ‘nuclear New Zealand’ – a country where there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology, from the first users of x-rays and radium in medicine; the young New Zealand physicists seconded to work on the Manhattan Project; support for the British bomb tests in the Pacific; plans for a heavy water plant at Wairakei; prospecting for uranium on the West Coast of the South Island; plans for a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour; and thousands of scientists and medical professionals working with nuclear technology. The change was dramatic: in the late 1970s, less than a decade before becoming so proudly nuclear-free, New Zealand was considering nuclear power to meet growing electricity demand in the North Island and the government was supporting a uranium prospecting programme on the West Coast of the South Island. By uncovering the long and rich history of New Zealanders’ engagement with the nuclear world and the roots of our nuclear-free identity, Priestley reveals much about our culture’s evolving attitudes to science and technology and the world beyond New Zealand’s shores."--Back cover.

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