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Passing cars leave a streak of light as steam rises from the cooling towers of the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant at night on June 11, 2015 near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany.
Passing cars leave a streak of light as steam rises from the cooling towers of the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant at night on June 11, 2015 near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany.
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What does nuclear science have to do with a tree changing genders? Why do we have nuclear subs but not airplanes? Is it possible to answer those questions in a fun and approachable way?

Author James Mahaffey’s latest book "Atomic Adventures" makes it easy. An acclaimed nuclear engineer and bestselling author, Mahaffey digs into the bizarre and quirky past of nuclear science - uncovering a trove of fascinating and funny anecdotes about the atom and its fission.

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James Mahaffey, retired senior research scientist at Georgia Tech for 25 years in the field of nuclear engineering, nuclear physics and nuclear weaponry, and author of his latest book “Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder – a Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science” (Pegasus Books, 2017)