Comments on Pugwash: From the West Perils from War vs. Those from Tests

Thirring, Hans
March 1958
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1958, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p121
The article compares the after-effects of an atomic bomb explosion with that of nuclear tests, based on facts and arguments posed at the 1957 international Pugwash conference in Canada. One of the most frequently discussed fact in the conference is that the main causes of radiological injuries in atomic explosions is the setting of radiostrontium. The author points the external radiation of the explosion from the precipitation lying on the ground and the radiation from inside due to the absorption of radiostrontium.


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