[ RadSafe ] Bomb Testing

Michael D. Soucie mds02 at health.state.ny.us
Tue Jul 1 09:32:10 CDT 2008


I think you are wrong.

Today we refer to all weapons/devices which use energy from fission or
fusion of the nucleus as nuclear weapons/devices.  We get it, enough said.

However, back in the 1940's, it was said the world had entered the "Atomic
Age".  Bombs were called "Atomic Bombs" and "A-Bombs" and then another one
was developed and was called the "H-Bomb."  It just was.  Countries other
than the United States may have given these issues less press.  Were these
terms technically misleading or inaccurate?  Perhaps.  However, this is a
matter of historical fact, which cannot be changed by any subsequent
physics courses, textbooks or verbal convention.   I would guess that you
have seen other examples in your travels of Circa 1940s-1950s "Nuclear"
being referred to as "Atomic" ( ie: Atomic Testing Museum )?


Michael Soucie, MS, R.T.(n)
Associate Radiological Health Specialist
State of New York, Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection
547 River Street, Room 530
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Phone (518) 402-7556     Fax (518) 402-7554
mds02 at health.state.ny.us

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