Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Nuclear Physics. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project and then into the bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers - Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and yon Neumann - stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight. Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step by step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention. The Making of the Atomic Bomb has been compared in its sweep and importance to William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich . It is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.

  • Author: Richard Rhodes
  • Genre: History, Military, Weapons & Warfare, Nuclear

                 

2. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award, Biography, 2006 J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s. They declared that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets. In this magisterial biography, 25 years in the making, the authors capture Oppenheimer's life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War.

  • Author: Kai Bird
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Scientists

                 

3. End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

In this history of extinction and existential risk, a Newsweek and Bloomberg popular science and investigative journalist examines our most dangerous mistakes -- and explores how we can protect and future-proof our civilization. End Times is a compelling work of skilled reportage that peels back the layers of complexity around the unthinkable -- and inevitable -- end of humankind. From asteroids and artificial intelligence to volcanic supereruption to nuclear war, veteran science reporter and TIME editor Bryan Walsh provides a stunning panoramic view of the most catastrophic threats to the human race. In End Times , Walsh examines threats that emerge from nature and those of our own making: asteroids, supervolcanoes, nuclear war, climate change, disease pandemics, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial intelligence. Walsh details the true probability of these world-ending catastrophes, the impact on our lives were they to happen, and the best strategies for saving ourselves, all pulled from his rigorous and deeply thoughtful reporting and research. Walsh goes into the room with the men and women whose job it is to imagine the unimaginable. He includes interviews with those on the front lines of prevention, actively working to head off existential threats in biotechnology labs and government hubs. Guided by Walsh's evocative, page-turning prose, we follow scientific stars like the asteroid hunters at NASA and the disease detectives on the trail of the next killer virus. Walsh explores the danger of apocalypse in all forms. In the end, it will be the depth of our knowledge, the height of our imagination, and our sheer will to survive that will decide the future.

  • Author: Bryan Walsh
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (August 27, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0316449618
  • Dimensions: 6.55 x 1.6 x 9.35 inches

                 

4. Midnight in Chernobyl


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

One of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019! The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research. April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. Chernobyl was also a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and, with it, the United States’ victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With a total cost of 18 billion rubles - at the time equivalent to $18 billion - Chernobyl bankrupted an already teetering economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies. The full story of the events that started that night in the control room of reactor number four of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant has never been told - until now. Through two decades of reporting, new archival information, and firsthand interviews with witnesses, journalist Adam Higginbotham tells the full dramatic story, including Alexander Akimov and Anatoli Dyatlov, who represented the best and worst of Soviet life; denizens of a vanished world of secret policemen, internal passports, food lines, and heroic self-sacrifice for the motherland.  Midnight in Chernobyl , award-worthy nonfiction that reads like sci-fi, shows not only the final epic struggle of a dying empire, but also the story of individual heroism and desperate, ingenious technical improvisation joining forces against a new kind of enemy.

  • Author: Adam Higginbotham
  • Genre: History, Americas, United States

                 

5. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Brian Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing-a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

  • Author: Brian Greene
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Astronomy & Space Science, Cosmology

                 



6. AFOQT Study Guide: Air Force Officer Qualifying Test Prep Book (2021-2022)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

Are you planning on taking the AFOQT and want to get your best score? Experienced educators at Military Prep Academy have created a comprehensive study guide for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. This exam preparation book covers every section on the AFOQT: Verbal Analogies Arithmetic Reasoning  Word Knowledge Math Knowledge Reading Comprehension Situational Judgement Self-Description Inventory Physical Science Table Reading Instrument Comprehension Block Counting Aviation Information 300+ Practice Test Questions : Each section of the AFOQT is covered in this study guide and is accompanied by a real length practice test that will prepare you for the official test.  Detailed Answer Guide : After each practice test, we have included a detailed answer guide. Not only does it contain the correct answers to the practice test questions, but it explains how to arrive at the correct answer. You can learn from your mistakes on the practice test by checking your answers with the detailed answer guide.  Guaranteed to Raise Your Score : If this study guide does not help you boost your score, return it for a full refund. We believe in this product’s ability to raise your score so much so that we are willing to make a promise of improving your score or your money back.  Includes Exam Success 2.0 : Understanding the subjects and types of questions on the AFOQT is only one aspect to exam success. Understanding how to study and mentally face the most challenging aspects of the test is an entirely different skill, yet vital to you maximizing your score. Exam Success 2.0 covers expert tips and strategies to get the most out of your test preparation and doing your best on test day. USAF is not affiliated with Military Prep Academy. AFOQT is a registered trademark of Air Force Officer Qualifying Test.

  • Author: Military Prep Academy
  • Publisher: Independently published (December 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 979-8559395401
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.74 x 11 inches

                 

7. The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

At the end of his career, Albert Einstein was pursuing a dream far more ambitious than the theory of relativity. He was trying to find an equation that explained all physical reality - a theory of everything. He failed, but others have taken up the challenge in a remarkable quest that is shedding light on unsuspected secrets of the cosmos. Experimental physicist and award-winning educator Dr. Don Lincoln of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory takes you on this exciting journey in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality . Suitable for the intellectually curious at all levels and assuming no background beyond basic high-school math, these 24 half-hour lectures cover recent developments at the forefront of particle physics and cosmology, while delving into the history of the centuries-long search for this holy grail of science. You trace the dream of a theory of everything through Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger, Feynman, Gell-Mann, Weinberg, and other great physicists, charting their progress toward an all-embracing, unifying theory. Their resulting equations are the masterpieces of physics, which Dr. Lincoln explains in fascinating and accessible detail. Studying them is like touring a museum of great works of art - works that are progressing toward an ultimate, as-yet-unfinished masterpiece. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Don Lincoln
  • Genre: Science & Math, Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics

                 

8. Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

The fascinating, curious, and sometimes macabre history of radium as seen in its uses in everyday life. Of all the radioactive elements discovered at the end of the nineteenth century, it was radium that became the focus of both public fascination and entrepreneurial zeal. Half Lives  tells the fascinating, curious, sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item – a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in- the-dark dance costume – to its role as a supposed cure-all in everyday twentieth-century life, when medical practitioners and business people (reputable and otherwise) devised ingenious ways of commodifying the new wonder element, and enthusiastic customers welcomed their radioactive wares into their homes. Lucy Jane Santos—herself the proud owner of a formidable collection of radium beauty treatments—delves into the stories of these products and details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear the once-fetishized substance. Half Lives  is a new history of radium as part of a unique examination of the interplay between science and popular culture.

  • Author: Lucy Jane Santos
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (July 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Chemistry
  • ISBN: 978-1643137483
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches

                 

9. Radiation Nation: Fallout of Modern Technology - Your Complete Guide to EMF Protection & Safety: The Proven Health Risks of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) & What to Do Protect Yourself & Family


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

An Invisible Danger on the Rise You eat organic and non-GMO food. You only drink purified water. You take care of yourself and your family's health. But could there be a silent, invisible danger causing potential harm to you and your loved ones? There could. And it's called electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation and it's one of fastest growing health issues facing our society. EMF radiation produced by modern technology such as 5G, cell phones, tablets, laptops, Wi-Fi, and smart meters is an emerging health threat, and we are all guinea pigs in a giant experiment with many unknown consequences. But Aren't These Technologies Regulated and Safe? Surely the government and other regulatory agencies make sure these technologies are completely safe before they are approved for wide-spread use, right? Think again. Ninety-five percent of American adults use cell phones regularly. Most households have Wi-Fi. And even schools are increasingly becoming dependent on wireless devices. And yet none of these technologies have been proven safe to humans for long-term exposure. In fact, science confirms that the EMF emitted from common electronic devices can cause definite biological changes in the body, and mounting research has already shown it can lead to a long list of health concerns – some of which can be pretty serious. The explosive use of mobile devices only occurred over the last twenty years, yet we have only scratched the surface of what technology is yet to come. Children born today will be exposed to much higher doses of EMF radiation than those born just ten years ago. What are the ramifications and what can we do now to minimize the fallout? Is There a Solution? Fortunately, there are simple and effective steps you can take to minimize the risks of dirty electricity. Education is key. With a foreword by Bulletproof's Dave Asprey, Radiation Nation is info-packed with all the essential education you need to make smart choices to stay safe when it comes to technology. In Radiation Nation, you will learn: » The most practical precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from EMF radiation » What EMF radiation is and how it affects the body biologically » The major health risks including fertility issues for both men and women, DNA damage, cell mutation, cancer and other serious health risks » The EMF sources of greatest concern » What is 5G and what are the possible health risks » The latest scientific studies broken down by disease or condition » How EMF radiation specifically affects children and those suffering with electromagnetic hypersensitivity » Why the current safety standards for EMF are insufficient and need to be rewritten » Do stickers, diodes, harmonizers and other products marketing as protection have any grounding in science?

  • Author: Daniel T. DeBaun
  • Publisher: Icaro Publishing (March 20, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0998199603
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.47 x 8 inches

                 

10. Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nuclear Physics - August 2021

A Chernobyl survivor and award-winning historian "mercilessly chronicles the absurdities of the Soviet system" in this "vividly empathetic" account of the worst nuclear accident in history ( The Wall Street Journal ). On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill.  In Chernobyl , Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of the Communist party rule, the regime's control over scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else.  Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.

  • Author: Serhii Plokhy
  • Genre: Business & Money, Industries, Energy & Mining, Oil & Energy