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The Neutron's Children: Nuclear Engineers and the Shaping of Identity

Sean F. Johnston


This book follows nuclear engineers, specialists in a field described by early participants as a ‘strange journey through Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘What Buck Rogers reads about when he reads’. Their hidden origins trace back to the discovery of the neutron and the cascade of knowledge and applications released by the chain reaction. Unlike the atomic bomb which motivated their creation, nuclear specialists in the USA, Britain, and Canada did not burst into visibility at the end of the Second World War. Cosseted and cloistered by their governments, they worked in secrecy for a further decade to ... More

Keywords: history of technology, history of science, nuclear engineering, atomic energy, nuclear power, Manhattan Project, engineers, expertise, secrecy, profession, nuclear reactors, technical education, modern science, twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean F. Johnston, author
Reader in the History of Science and Technology, University of Glasgow