Project Orion: The Atomic Spac

Author(s): George Dyson


In 1957, the US government sponsored a project - codename "Orion" - to develop a 40,000-ton manned spaceship propelled by nuclear bombs. This book tells the story of the author's father, Freeman Dyson, a brillaint mathematician, and member of the "Orion" team.


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Preface - Bel Air; Sputnik; the world set free; Ulam's demon; general atomic; TRIGA; critical mass; QED; Lew Allen's balls; ARPA; Columbus; Noah's ark; free expansion of a gas; hotter than the sun, cooler than a bomb; C-4; Point Loma; engineers' dreams; Coca-Cola; Enceladus; deep space force; jackass flats; fallout; Huntsville; death of a project; 2001; the sun snarers; appendix -Project Orion technical reports, 1957-1965.

General Fields

  • : 9780713992670
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : June 2002
  • : 224mm X 144mm X 33mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 368
  • : Hardback
  • : George Dyson