The authors each focus on one country or group of countries, and pay particular attention to national histories, debates and policy responses on nuclear power development covering such topics as safety of nuclear energy, radiation risk, nuclear waste management, development of nuclear energy, anti-nuclear protest movements, nuclear power representations, and media representations of the effect. The change was dramatic: in the late 1970s, less than a decade before becoming so proudly nuclear-free, New Zealand was considering nuclear power to meet growing electricity demand in the North Island and the government was supporting a uranium prospecting programme on the West Coast of the South Island. Uranium prospecting on the West Coast -- Chapter 5: There's strontium-90 in my milk: Safety and public exposure to radiation -- Chapter 6: Atoms for Peace: Nuclear science in New Zealand in the atomic age -- Chapter 7: Nuclear decision: Plans for nuclear power -- Chapter 8: A new national identity: Becoming 'nuclear free' -- Conclusion - A nuclear-free New Zealand? From radioactive water 'therapy' at the Rotorua Bathhouse four to six glasses a day were recommended to shoe-fitting x-ray machines, from uranium prospecting on the West Coast to plans for a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour, scientists, medical professionals, and the public keenly embraced nuclear technology. Housewives could bake bread using Radium brand flour. In fact, as New Zealand writer Rebecca Priestley shows us it was distinctly pro-nuclear. Ignorant or unscrupulous health professionals prescribed radium treatment almost willy-nilly, thanks to the lack of regulation and oversight in such matters. The ideal and the reality -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Rutherford, New Zealand and the new physics; 2 Some fool in a laboratory: The atom bomb and the dawn of the atomic age; 3 Cold War and red-hot science: The nuclear age comes to the Pacific; 4 Uranium fever! It came with a bookmark featuring dinosaurs what else? Fahey was one of the first New Zealand artists to work explicitly from a woman's perspective and in the late 1980s she became an influential lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University. The story here is that strontium levels in milk reflected the weapons testing programs in the Pacific. Preface -- Nuclear-free New Zealand: Myth or reality? As Priestley emphasises, little or no attention was devoted to the hazards for patients and medical staff. In the late 1970s, New Zealand's decisions not to mine uranium and not to build a nuclear power station were economic, not ideological. I had thoughts to try something on epigenetics, but that looks to be coming over-populated already.
A distinguished artist, especially known for her paintings of domestic and suburban life, she is also a writer. Author Rebecca Priestley has a history of science PhD from Canterbury University and this book is based on her thesis. The New Zealand scientific establishment was frequently divided, and kept coming out with contradictory statements on the desirability of nuclear energy for New Zealand. After some fumbling around I realised the dinosaurs were fluorescent. Jacqueline Fahey was born in Timaru in 1929.
In the late 1970s, less than a decade before, the country had been considering nuclear power to meet growing electricity demand. The change was dramatic: in the late 1970s, less than a decade before becoming so proudly nuclear-free, New Zealand was considering nuclear power to meet growing electricity demand in the North Island and the government was supporting a uranium prospecting programme on the West Coast of the South Island. Mad on Radium : New Zealand in the Atomic Age. Author: Rebecca Priestley Publisher: New York : Auckland University Press, 2013. In the late 1970s, less than a decade before, the country had been considering nuclear power to meet growing electricity demand. Around the same time as starting on Mad on Radium I received a book from an on-line bookstore. Scientists will be reminded that Marsden, whose name features on the and the , was a strong advocate for nuclear science and technology.
If I count it from after I finished the thesis, it was about another year of part-time work, including some really intense periods. One measure of a strong non-fiction work is the ease that deep research and understanding flows naturally and easily in the text, rather than is forced out or stilted. Contemporary opinion is more or less slavishly locked into associating New Zealand with eternal opposition to nuclear weapons. From the first users of X-rays and radium in medicine to th Although New Zealander Lord Rutherford was the first to split the atom, the country has since been known around the world for its nuclear-free stance. Everyone wanted to wallow in the spas, to relieve pain and suffering in joints and skin, and to flush out vaginal and rectal cavities. New Zealand's policy is now against nuclear power and prohibits prospecting for uranium, but our nuclear-free legislation, introduced in 1987, is about nuclear weapons, not nuclear power.
From the first users of X-rays and radium in medicine to the plans for a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour, this account uncovers the long and rich history of New Zealanders' engagement with the nuclear world and the roots of its nuclear-free identity. The E-mail message field is required. Try charging the book cover under a strong light bulb. Abstract: In this engaging and accessible history, prize-winning author Rebecca Priestley reveals the alternative history of? For the author, Rebecca Priestley, it was a joyful closure of what was an exhausting PhD adventure spanning almost a decade. How long did it take to write? Fahey was selected to represent New Zealand at the 1985 Sydney Perspecta and her work was included in the 2007 exhibition 100 Feminist Painters at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
As for the thesis, well that took half my adult life again, part time, with babies and other books. Sciblogs is the biggest blog network of scientists in New Zealand, an online forum for discussion of everything from clinical health to climate change. Others will see careers and issues in New Zealand they perhaps had never considered. In 1956, the National Government rejected secret British requests to conduct nuclear tests on Penrhyn in the Cook Islands. The illustrations are excellent and tell their own stories.
One of these, Maurice Wilkins, was so shocked by the outcome of the Manhattan Project that he abandoned nuclear physics and went on to win a Nobel Prize in another field. She then considers the dramatic transition to the proudly 'nuclear-free New Zealand' policy in the 1980s. But it was slowly dawning on some that although radium can treat cancer, it can also cause it. The white text glows quite strongly. But have we always been nuclear sceptics? In 1957—58, nine atmospheric nuclear tests were held at Malden Island and Christmas Island—today, part of the Pacific nation of Kiribati. But that was working from an existing thesis — there were only a few places where I did extra research, mostly it was a matter of culling, editing and rewriting.
Footnotes My copy is a review copy, courtesy of. Thursday 28th March 2013 6. Public enthusiasm far exceeded the availability of radium — a prohibitively expensive substance. The E-mail message field is required. By uncovering the long and rich history of New Zealanders' engagement with the nuclear world and the roots of our nuclear-free identity, Priestley reveals much about our culture's evolving attitudes to science and technology and the world beyond New Zealand's shores. In her new book, , published by Auckland University Press in September last year, Rebecca Priestley unfolds the story of 'nuclear New Zealand', a country with much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology.
Can I ask how long it took you to write?. How will we respond as a nation if economic — and even environmental — arguments turn in favour of nuclear power and even mining our West Coast deposits of radioactive rock? In a chapter on the atom bomb and the atomic age, the book delves into the role of Ernest Rutherford in splitting the atom and laying the foundation for nuclear physics. Following the nuclear-free policy, anything with nuclear associations came under suspicion: taxi drivers referred to a science institute using a particle accelerator as 'the bomb factory' and entertainer Jools Topp refused radiation therapy for cancer, telling the doctors 'I'm a lifelong member of Greenpeace, why would I let you irradiate me? Book details Title: Mad on Radium — New Zealand in the atomic age. It will surprise some that a few brilliant New Zealand scientists were secretly involved, less in the Manhattan Project than in advanced Canadian and British research into nuclear weapons. Our Scibloggers are either practising scientists or have been writing on science-related issues for some time.