Books

Sharon Weinberger's writings on weapons--both imaginary and real--have been turned into two books exploring the netherworlds of Pentagon-supported science and technology. Science magazine called her first book, Imaginary Weapons "Weinberger's gripping account of her investigation into a terribly wrong idea: a two-kiloton "nuclear hand grenade." The Financial Times picked A Nuclear Family Vacation as one of the top ten science books of 2008, and the New Statesman called it "required deck-chair reading" for the president.


A Nuclear Family Vacation - By Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger
Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger tour the secretive world of nuclear weaponry in this fascinating, kaleidoscopic portrait of the new atomic era, from Los Alamos to Iran-and everywhere in between. The Cold War world of Dr. Strangelove has given way to a new and uncertain future of renegade weapons scientists, missing nuclear blueprints and atomic terror. Weaving together first-class travel writing and investigative journalism, Hodge and Weinberger unearth unknown-and entertaining-stories about the nuclear world.

 



Imaginary Weapons - By Sharon Weinberger
How did a fluke experiment in 1998, involving a used dental X-ray machine and a dubiously obtained sample of radioactive material called hafnium, become the Pentagon's number one pet weapons project within five years? And why did this occur in spite of objections from the nation's top scientists? In Imaginary Weapons, Sharon Weinberger-no stranger to harebrained military schemes from her years covering the Pentagon-takes us on a wild ride through the hidden underworld of official fringe science in America.

 


The Best Technology Writing 2009 - By Sharon Weinberger (Contributor)
In his Introduction to this beautifully curated collection of essays, Steven Johnson heralds the arrival of a new generation of technology writing. Whether it is Nicholas Carr worrying that Google is making us stupid, Dana Goodyear chronicling the rise of the cellphone novel, Andrew Sullivan explaining the rewards of blogging, Dalton Conley lamenting the sprawling nature of work in the information age, or Clay Shirky marveling at the "cognitive surplus" unleashed by the decline of the TV sitcom, this new generation does not waste time speculating about the future. Its attitude seems to be: Who needs the future? The present is plenty interesting on its own.