A First-Hand Account of One of The First Forays Into Useful Nuclear Power

The Atlantic has just digitized the first-person account of Commander E.E. Kintner's experience at the Submarine Thermal Reactor, a story they first published back in January 1959. It's about one of the first nuclear reactors coming to life only a handful of years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it details how exacting science must at times rely on guesswork and luck even while putting lives at risk. [The Atlantic]

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Very, very cool.

"Rickover, paraphrasing Pasteur, put it this way: "We must have had a horseshoe around our necks. But then Nature seems to want to work for those who work hardest for themselves."

Hmm. I wonder if he actually said "neck."