John Pfeiffer

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[In "Experiments with Atomics",] Messrs. Beeler and Branley present the facts needed to understand the basic elements of nuclear physics. They describe atomic weapons, atom-powered submarines, and recently developed atomic reactors, the precursors of the furnaces that will provide heat and power in the future. They indicate how "hot" radioactive materials are used to study the effectiveness of drugs and fertilizers, the operation of automobile engines, the quality of steel castings, and the blood circulation of patients selected for special surgery. These and other matters become clear with the aid of simple models and apparatus which can easily be assembled at home. Beeler and Branley are experts at imparting considerable information without calling on technical terms and mathematical equations.

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John Pfeiffer, "Notes: 'Experiments with Atomics'," in The Saturday Review, New York (copyright © 1954 by Saturday Review; all rights reserved; reprinted by permission), Vol. XXXVII, No. 34, August 21, 1954, p. 20.

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