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Nuclear Energy’s Power Stars in New Book by Willis Shirk Jr.

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new book that explores the past and future of the power of nuclear energy and its potential to drive technology and wealth.

Lancaster, PA, April 04, 2018 --( Mankind has been fascinated with the power of atomic energy for decades, but that interest intensified when work began in the 1940s to create the first atomic bomb. The power of nuclear energy, which fuels the Earth itself, and the possibilities it brings to space travel and colonization are the focus of a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Some of the very isotopes found in human bodies originated in distant suns. Author Willis Shirk Jr. writes that the power of nuclear energy is one that should be harnessed and tamed so the Atomic Space Age can create future wealth and transformation of Earth-bound humans into an interplanetary species.

The historian details the past, present and future of this energy source in “A History of the Atomic Space Age and Its Implications for the Future.” As he writes, “Nuclear rocket propulsion is the entry ticket to a permanent foothold in a new frontier” and the requirement for other technologies that will allow humans to live beyond the Earth in colonies across the solar system and beyond.

The book delves into the first generation of rocket pioneers as well as the early days of nuclear power, the reliability and safety of nuclear energy, Project Rover/NERVA, Project Orion and nuclear ion propulsion. A chronology of the Atomic Space Age provides a list of related events, and readers who want to learn more can explore references listed in the extensive bibliography, from science fiction entries to highly technical sources.

Shirk has worked in private industry, taught history to university students and been a museum educator and archivist. The historian works to promote a better understanding of the history and philosophy of engineering, science and mathematics.

While working at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Shirk wrote several dozen articles for a variety of popular magazines and academic journals. He edited “Documenting Pennsylvania’s Past: The First Century of the Pennsylvania State Archives” in 2003. He and his wife live in Lancaster, Pa.

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A History of the Atomic Space Age and Its Implication for the Future
Willis L. Shirk Jr.
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6145-0 222 pages $14.00 US

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