Lasers, Death Rays, And The Strange Quest For The Ultimate Weapon
by Jeff Hecht
- Science & Nature
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Unleashing the laser
From their inception, lasers captured the imagination of the Pentagon as the key to the ultimate weapon. Veteran science writer Jeff Hecht tells the story of the adventures and misadventures of scientists and military strategists as they exerted Herculean though often futile efforts to adapt the laser for military uses.
He describes a giant laser that filled a Boeing 747, plans for an orbiting fleet of robotic laser battle stations to destroy nuclear missiles, claims that nuclear bombs could produce intense X-ray laser beams, and a scheme to bounce laser beams off giant orbiting relay mirrors. Replete with interesting characters, bizarre schemes, and wonderful inventions, this is an entertaining walk through laser history.
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|Release Date:||January 8, 2019|