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Summer 2020 Reading List

Summer 2020 is certainly proving to be an interesting time. The Department of Physics suggests you spend some of that time reading. Below are some recommendations from our faculty. Enjoy!

Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
by James Mahaffey
Suggested by Professor Eugene Surdutovich

The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
Suggested by Professor Bradley J. Roth

"A history of modern physics, told in the context of the Manhattan Project. Great for learning history and science."

*Also, 100 other books suggested on Dr. Roth's blog.

Relativity for the Layman
by James Colman
Suggested by Sally Daniel, Laboratory Manager

Six Easy Pieces
by Richard Feynman
Suggested by Susan Bowyer, PhD
Scientific Director, Neuromagnetism Lab at Henry Ford Hospital

*Also, The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence Krauss and Physics for the Future by Michio Kaku

We Almost Lost Detroit
by John J. Fuller
Suggested by Adjunct Assistant Professor Steffan Puwal

"This book explores the history of Fermi 1, the first commercial breeder reactor in the United States (and located in suburban Detroit), as well as its subsequent meltdown. The author also explores the licensing of the reactor, the role of such disparate groups as the insurance industry and the United Auto Workers, and accidents that occurred at other facilities while Fermi 1 was being built. This book is no longer in print, but is available at the Oakland University Library."

*Also, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe by Serhii Plokhy