Walt Patterson On Energy


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The year 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Forty-five years ago, in 1975, I was an invited guest at the ceremonies in Hiroshima, commemorating the 30th anniversary. On my return the New Scientist published my article 'Hiroshima pilgrimage'.

As we grappled with Covid-19, the Chatham House monthly The World Today published my piece entitled 'Out of the ashes, a new world'.

Just before we realized the full impact of Covid-19, I gave a seminar 28 January 2020 at the Sussex Energy Group and 27 February at Chatham House . As an introduction to what I hope will be my next book I called the presentation Living Cool: A New Story. As the world continues to battle Covid-19 I am now immersed in a deep reassessment of the analysis underlying Living Cool. I still think it's valid, but its implications are now dramatically different.

My friends at the Science Museum at last finished cataloguing the 602 books in the Patterson Nuclear Collection that I donated to the Museum two decades ago. I think it may be a unique resource for anyone interested in the history of nuclear energy, military and civil. The Collection is now online and searchable here.

My most recent book, Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, is now free to download here as an ebook or a PDF. The paperback is also available from Amazon, just £5.00 in the UK or $7.50 in the US, plus shipping. If you enjoy Electricity Vs Fire do please spread the word about it, perhaps review it on Amazon or indeed elsewhere, and let your friends know about it - particularly friends who find 'energy' and 'climate' boring. ('Energy' appears only halfway through the book, briefly, 'climate' not at all.) Indeed I'd also be pleased to hear from you. This work is continuing, and I greatly appreciate your interest.

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