By Piers Paul Read
On twenty sixth April 1986 the nuclear reactor of the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin power-station at Chernobyl exploded. It was once a disaster of historical proportions - many hundreds of thousands suffered, and endured to undergo, from the implications. To chronicle this catastrophe and its aftermath, Piers Paul learn interviewed the engineers and operators who have been carrying out the fateful attempt at the evening of twenty fifth April; he talked to the director of the power-station, serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and he went to the hitherto top-secret institutes as soon as run via Beria's Ministry for Medium computer development - the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow's clinic No 6, and the once-closed urban of Obninsk. during this account, learn takes good thing about the declassification of nuclear details within the former Soviet Union and the loosening of tongues that the failure of the coup in 1991. He additionally won entry to the trial transcripts, the protocol of the hitherto mystery scientific fee, and different personal studies. the result's not just the tale of the disaster, but in addition a parable approximately totalitarianism and its cave in.
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It was in this capacity that he was approached by Kurchatov and invited to join his team. The two had met before at a game of tennis in Leningrad in the 1930s. Now the task at hand was more serious: to design a reactor that would produce plutonium for the bomb. This was to be not just the primary but the only purpose of the design Kurchatov was asking for, which also had to take into account what could be produced by Soviet industry at the time. Both zeal and terror could extract extraordinary achievements from human beings, but time was short; they could not wait to develop technologies to match the optimum design.
EARLY BIRD BOOKS FRESH EBOOK DEALS, DELIVERED DAILY BE THE FIRST TO KNOW— NEW DEALS HATCH EVERY DAY! Ablaze The Story of Chernobyl Piers Paul Read CONTENTS Cast of Characters The Founders of Soviet Atomic Power Staff of the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station at Chernobyl Pripyat Moscow Kiev Introduction Part One The New Civilization Part Two Chernobyl Part Three Radiophobia Epilogue Image Gallery Index Acknowledgments About the Author The Founders of Soviet Atomic Power Igor Kurchatov Father of the Soviet atom bomb Lavrenty Beria Chief of the NKVD.
Kurchatov had his way: the resolutions were rescinded. When asked by a sceptical minister when they could hope to see tangible benefits from nuclear power, Kurchatov replied that for twenty-five or thirty years they should regard the programme as no more than an expensive experiment. Only then would the benefits become apparent; they would have to wait until around 1985. The debate about nuclear power focused on cost, not safety. Safety was never an issue; yet during these deliberations some members of the Central Committee, the military high command and the Ministry of Medium Machine Building had known that in 1957 there had been a catastrophic accident at Mayak.