9781560258490

Imaginary Weapons : A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld

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  • ISBN13:

    9781560258490

  • ISBN10:

    1560258497

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/15/2006
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Summary

"In Imaginary Weapons, Sharon Weinberger takes us on a wild ride through the hidden underworld of official fringe science in America. From antimatter weapons to psychic warriors, Weinberger shows that the U.S. government is increasingly susceptible to outlandish claims. But the isomer weapon - a futuristic device that would rival the power of a nuclear bomb - may be the strangest case of them all." "Imaginary Weapons provides a sometimes darkly humorous take on a more serious subject: the decline of scientific expertise among U.S. national security agencies and the government's increasing susceptibility to hyped claims about weapons of mass destruction."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Sharon Weinberger writes regularly for the Washington Post magazine and Slate. She has just been appointed the editor in chief of Defense Technology International, a new magazine that covers a full range of defense technologies. Previously she was a foreign service officer in the State Dept., a defense reporter for Aviation Week Group's Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, and a defense research analyst for Systems Planning Corporation.

Table of Contents

CAST OF CHARACTERS vii
PROLOGUE: The Gateway xv
1 Mickey Mouse's Hand Grenade
1(10)
2 From Romania with Love
11(12)
3 The Secret Life of the Isomer Weapon
23(16)
4 Deep in the Heart of Los Alamos
39(12)
5 The Dental X-ray Goes to War
51(14)
6 Do You Believe in Isomers?
65(18)
7 Hafnium Comes to Washington
83(12)
8 Scary Things Come in Small Packages
95(34)
9 Isomers Hit Prime Time
129(8)
10 A Bomb and a Prayer 137(22)
11 The Mother of All Dirty Bombs 159(32)
12 Fringe Science Takes Flight 191(26)
13 Welcome to the Far Side 217(12)
14 Boom or Bust 229(22)
EPILOGUE: A Hafnium Ending 251(16)
AUTHOR'S NOTE 267(3)
INDEX 270

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