[ RadSafe ] Book review: Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element

Maury Siskel maurysis at peoplepc.com
Thu May 3 23:08:00 CDT 2007

I'm crushed! I've been had! After spending all that money on my batch of 
Pu and it doesn't do any of those things. I'd have thought that if it 
could not be diabolical, then it surely could have at least been evil. 
No such luck.  Mine just sits there with an angelic glow. I'm going to 
try for a refund!!!!

Steven Dapra wrote:

> May 3
>         I looked for this book on Amazon.  According to a review in 
> "Booklist," Bernstein's accounts of Pu's discovery "give way to a 
> sobering overview of the environmental damage caused by 
> plutonium-producing reactors and the enormous threats embodied in 
> today's global plutonium inventory. Although convoluted, Bernstein's 
> unique history of the diabolical element is invaluable."  (review by 
> Donna Seaman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights 
> reserved )
>         "environmental damage"?  "enormous threats"??  "diabolical 
> element"???  Is any of this true, or is this reviewer resorting to 
> some deranged form of hyperbole?
> Steven Dapra
> sjd at swcp.com
> At 06:24 AM 5/3/07 -0700, John Jacobus wrote:
>> This review appears in Nature.
>> Nature 447, 31-33 (3 May 2007)
>> The dark heart of the bomb

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