Matthew Lavine. The First Atomic Age: Scientists, Radiations, and the American Public, 1895-1945. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
At the close of the 19th century, strange new forms of energy arrested the American public’s attention in ways that no scientific discovery ever had before. This groundbreaking cultural history tells the story of the first nuclear culture, one whose lasting effects would be seen in the familiar “atomic age” of the post-war twentieth century.