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Hedley Marston and the atomic bomb tests in Australia

Roger Cross

Fallout is the strange but true story of a celebrated Australian scientist's involvement in the 1956 British atomic bomb tests. Hedley Marston, an idol with his own feet of clay, was determined not only to reveal official lies and chicanery, but to expose as charlatans the Australian scientists who were appointed to protect the nation from any possible harm. Contrary to official pronouncements, radioactive fallout was blowing across the country and contaminating many towns and communities, including Marston's beloved Adelaide. The dispute that ensued was perhaps the most acrimonious in the history of Australian science.

Fallout tells us much about the nature of science and our society. It is about science in service of the bomb, and in service of self. Roger Cross tells a story that must make us ask the alarming question: could we be fooled again?

Dr Roger Cross is a senior lecturer at the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Melbourne. He was educated at London University and the University of Adelaide. His interests in Australian history and the social responsibility of science have been combined in this book about Hedley Marston and the British atomic bomb tests. Roger Cross has written five other books on education and science, including the recently co-edited book entitled Science and the Citizen.
Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Other information Illustrated
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781862545236
Extent 240 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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