[ RadSafe ] Bomb Testing

Muckerheide muckerheide at comcast.net
Tue Jul 1 17:53:17 CDT 2008


Since you didn't link to the original msg, we can only guess what you are
referring to. :-)   However, if it's Franz' msg:

"George, could you please enlighten a dumb or probably mentally retarded
person like me, what your definitions are based upon? They seem to be your
private ones and you obviously expect that the whole world "has" to accept
them, because you are such an incredible eminent scientist. We have to
overthrow all our well established wording in nuclear sciences, just because
a person supposedly living on selling used equipment wants to have it his
own way."

He's right, although you need to go to his earlier msg to get his more
specific criticism of George¹s terminology.  It¹s George's ³private
definitions² that are "wrong," or at least not recognized by any
atomic/nuclear semantic convention applicable to the last 60 years re
atomic/nuclear bombs/power plants, etc.  And you agree with Franz about the
semantics also; just not who¹s error it was. :-)

And combustion/chemical reactions are really molecular, not "atomic" even
under the stressed definition of erroneously calling them "atomic" (as
chemical) vs. "nuclear" reactions.  Such chemical reactions change molecular
bonds, not atoms. 

Regards, Jim

on 7/1/08 10:32 AM, Michael D. Soucie at mds02 at health.state.ny.us wrote:

> Franz,
> 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 )?
> Mike
> 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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