10 Mar '12, 10pm

Dot Earth Blog: Nuclear Risk and Fear, from Hiroshima to Fukushima: A physicist and science historian considers

After the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings the imagery exploded into an entire genre of movies with gigantic insects and other horrors. Audiences quailed at the monsters, imagining that they were plausible consequences of radiation. To be sure, people knew that nuclear energy had a good side. Already in the 1950s, radiation therapy was saving lives by the million. But thoughts of “good atoms” were overwhelmed by the terrors of the Cold War. Outcries against bomb tests focused on the radioactive materials they spread around the world on the winds. Debates over fallout shelters offered an image of a dead planet scourged by radioactive dust. In short, fear of nuclear war drove home images of radiation as an insidious contamination that was uniquely deadly on a global scale. Overt fears dwindled with the end of the Cold War, but the idea of nuclear radiation as an almost magica...

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