Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon

Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon

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The laser--a milestone invention of the mid-twentieth century--quickly captured the imagination of the Pentagon as the key to the ultimate weapon. Veteran science writer Jeff Hecht tells the inside story of the adventures and misadventures of scientists and military strategists as they exerted herculean though often futile efforts to adapt the laser for military uses. From the 1950s' sci-fi vision of the "death ray," through the Reagan administration's "Star Wars" missile defense system, to more promising developments today, Hecht provides an entertaining history.
Publisher: Amherst, New York :, Prometheus Books,, 2019.
ISBN: 9781633884601
1633884600
Branch Call Number: 623.446 HE
Characteristics: 295 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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