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Uranium : War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World
by Tom Zoellner


Overview - The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it
Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity.
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Overview
The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it
Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastating weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-"Uranium" is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143116721
  • ISBN-10: 014311672X
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: February 2010
  • Page Count: 354
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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