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I would suggest "Introduction to Nuclear Engineering" by John Lamarsh. The text is aimed at juniors and seniors with no previous training in nuclear engineering. It starts at quite a low level, even introducing the fundamental particles, concepts of particle wavelength related to particle energy etc. It is mainly concerned with nuclear reactors as that is ...


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Indeed, a nuclear bomb works a bit differently in a vacuum than in the atmosphere. If you want to generate momentum, an atmosphere or some material with a low boiling point (e.g. ice) is probably better than bare rocks in vacuum, because all the heat will be converted directly into gas with a high momentum, without "wasting" energy on heating and evaporating ...



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