Economics of Atomic Bombing: William Shockley Economics of Atomic Bombing: William Shockley Economics of Atomic Bombing: William Shockley Economics of Atomic Bombing: William Shockley

Economics of Atomic Bombing

William Shockley

Editorial: Manuscript, 1945
Manuscrito Condición: Very Good
Librería: JF Ptak Science Books (Hendersonville, NC, Estados Unidos de America)

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"On the Economics of Atomic Bombing", by William Shockley, 1945/6, 5pp, stapled offset/lithoprint (?)+++Evaluation of the economic fundamentals of atomic vs. conventional warfare, using (as one of the vectors) the cost of square mile destroyed”. He figures atomic bombing to be about one-tenth of the cost of conventional bombing. +++This paper is one a small archive of background and draft papers and proposals by the Vannevar Bush group working on the question of the control of atomic weapons and the formalization of the American position regarding the use and control of atomic weapons, October 1945-February 1946.+++The William Shockley paper was written towards the end of 1945 and is on five pages and runs about 1500 words. He begins the paper with a logical statement of the issue of the economics of conventional and atomic bombing, ending with the sentence “For atomic bombing destruction is still more cheap”. What Shockley is getting to is the overall cost of the amount of destruction caused per square mile, and the conclusion that he draws over these five pages is the destruction caused by the atomic bomb is 1/100th the cost of conventional bombing per square mile destroyed (“atomic bombing is probably 10 to 100 times cheaper than ordinary bombing”).+++ Shockley also recognizes that the problem in the near future will be the increasing cheapness of producing atomic (and greater) weapons, and their developing accessibility to small nations. “This cheapness is a new factor and indicates that an unparalleled loss of human resources will accompany future wars. The ability of small nations to do great damage is also a consequence of the cheapness.” He writes further that taking this thinking to its “logical conclusion”, that at some point in the future a single individual will be able to use this new technology to destroy the world. The main point though that he was making in this line of thinking was the dispersion and proliferation of the new technology--that an arms race would occur, and that it would be dangerous, and that it could be very very bad. Shockley has of course nothing to say about any of that or the implications of his finds as that was not his charge. After figuring that the cost of destruction by the atomic bomb was about $600,000 per square mile (compared to $6,500,000 per square mile for conventional bombing), Shockley concludes that “since the atomic bomb art is in its infancy, we may well expect future economies of a factor of 10 in cost per square mile destroyed ”. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-1477187738106

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Título: Economics of Atomic Bombing

Editorial: Manuscript

Año de publicación: 1945

Encuadernación: No Binding

Condición del libro:Very Good

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