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ERIC Number: ED256700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
A Nuclear Tech Course = Nuclear Technology in War and Peace: A Study of Issues and Choices.
Shanebrook, J. Richard
A nuclear technology college course for engineering students is outlined and described. The course begins with an historical account of the scientific discoveries leading up to the uranium experiments of Hahn and Strassman in Germany and the subsequent explanation of nuclear fission by Meitner and Frisch. The technological achievements of the Manhattan Project are presented. Students learn about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by reading John Hersey's book "Hiroshima" and viewing the film "Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Harvest of Nuclear War." The course then covers the "Atoms for Peace" program that was initiated by President Eisenhower in 1953. Particular emphasis is placed on the technology of nuclear power plants such as pressurized water reactors and the liquid metal fast breeder reactor. Pros and cons of nuclear power are examined and nuclear weapons proliferation is discussed. The final part of the course is concerned with the technology of modern nuclear weapons and delivery systems, including thermonuclear devices and radiological weapons. Required readings are listed; bibliographic information on the films and videotapes used in the course is provided. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A