The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion

Reines, Frederick
March 1959
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1959, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p118
The article examines the propositions for the use of atomic energy in constructive engineering. Proposals from Soviet scientists for the plausible use of atomic energy in constructive engineering are met with some skepticism from the scientific and engineering community. A widespread concern has arisen among the public regarding the employment of nuclear explosives because the thermonuclear bomb permits the energy of a nuclear explosion to be increased without proportionally increasing radioactivity. Also, because the engineering use of nuclear explosion for non-military uses could complicate the implementation of a ban on nuclear weapons tests.


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