PREFACE On Saturday, 1 November 1952, at 0715 hours local time, and three days before General Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President, the United States detonated the worldas first aSuper Bomba at Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands. This is an accurate historical account of the Scripps Institution of Oceanographyas participation in that test, an unpublicized event that changed for all time the lives of every person on earth. The first half of the book treats the conception and design of the Super at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, during which Scrippsas assistance is sought when a late development indicates that the Mikeas energy release might substantially exceed design expectations, thus mandating a drastic expansion of the Test Operation. The latter half describes the frantic efforts of 12, 000 military and scientific personnel, living on a small Pacific atoll, to prepare for and conduct a test of Mike, the first thermonuclear device, to measure its effects, and to escape radioactive fallout from a mushroom cloud three times as large as the Atoll. The account is narrated by a fictitious participant who was in a position to know everything. But from this and future events, I came to know all of the players in this drama and the details of their experiences. I have preserved the names and titles of principal Task Force officers and scientists, and employed fictitious names for other participants. The entrapment of Jack Clark in the firing bunker actually occurred two years later during the BRAVO shot of Operation CASTLE. W. G. Van Dorn La Jolla, California Book Review aIVY-MIKE is a remarkable book. William Van Dorn has managed to combine a comprehensive description of the major historical activities associated with the Mike test with enough fictional narrative to make it appealing to the non-scientist:a -----Harold M. Agnew, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1970-1979. Ivy-Mike offers a scientific slice of history and glimpse into the post World War-II philosophy regarding nuclear arms. The 1952 test at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands was not only a feat of science but also a feat of logistics. While an army of scientists and military scurried to secure the area prior to the test, late calculations suggested that the bombas power was significantly larger than expected. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography was asked to advise the team on alerting vulnerable areas without exposing the top-secret project. Author William Van Dorn, an oceanographer and tsunami expert who worked for the institution during this time, narrates the story as a fictional protagonist named Bob Ward. The authoras conversational writing style makes his complicated subject accessible, even to non-scientists. The account is thorough and historically significant, even as to day-to-day details. Threaded through the history lesson is a romance between Bob and his new love, aSuzy.a The relationship warms the story and, given the setting, this stylistic choice has the ring of verisimilitude. Altogether, Ivy-Mike is an illuminating historical tale. ---Kirkus Discoveriesthe first HYDROGEN BOMB alt;bragt;alt;bragt; (This book is covered under the Xlibris Bookstore Returnability Program) W.G. Van Dorn. and a cup ... Five minutes later, we were in Suziea#39;s little VW bug headed west into the Jemez mountains . . . still singing our separate songs. ... aMaintenance road for the water system, a said Suzie, skillfully avoiding the deeper holes with water still standing from yesterdaya#39;s rain.
|Author||:||W.G. Van Dorn|
|Publisher||:||Xlibris Corporation - 2008-07-07|