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The definitive nuclear history with psychological insight Oct. 13 2012
By Dr Michael Edwards - Published on
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This is an outstanding work. Weart has painstakingly researched his updated history of nuclear science, technology, politics and popular culture, and describes for us in thematised sequence the unfolding of events of this most critical and profound of historical themes, right up to and including the opening decade of the twenty first century. Not only this, and unlike some other nuclear histories, Weart also proceeds to offer interpretations of events with remarkable psychological insight, drawing upon diverse psychological theories from cognitivism through neuroscience to psychoanalysis. Our nuclear journey actually began psychologically in nuclear pre-history, he asserts, and he provides solid evidence for this. His use of the concept of the symbol is one key element in the successful coherence of this work, and allows it to articulate well with psychology.

The Rise of Nuclear Fear succeeds in pointing out to us, whether we wish to listen or not, that we have created our nuclear history by virtue of our very own humanity in all of its ambiguity, and the often unconscious conflicts we have between creative fascination and destructive desire. It has not just "happened" to us. We can empathise with the actors in Weart's history here. The work is also at a more general level a thought-provoking history of our overall struggles with modernity.

This book is an optimal length and thoughtfully structured. Not only will it be of interest to scholars of history, international politics and physics, it should be strongly considered for advanced psychological study.
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Great book to understand nuclear fear Sept. 6 2012
By Seth - Published on
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The book is very interesting, it have a very good amount of sources and the author have a clear understanding of what have let the general public to be afraid of nuclear technology.