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Fri Jul 17, 2020, 06:51 PM

3. Thank you. I actually didn't realise that ReCap included Columbia, Harvard and NYPubLib's...


When you search on the Princeton Library search engine, it simply says "Recap," and you have to order it.

I've requested books from ReCap quite often, since they have all this obscure stuff about nuclear reactor technology from the 1950's and 1960's when creativity in nuclear engineering was still allowed and not subject to scare stories by people who have no knowledge of anything.

In the 1950's and 1960's as opposed to now, the Princeton Community was not hostile to nuclear energy and hadn't drunk the "renewable energy will save us" Kool Aid, so the collection is quite rich. Things I've found there include, among other thrilling stuff, include photographs of an actual three dimensional model, 4 dimensional actually, which had ternary phase diagrams superimposed on a temperature (z-axis) of actinides.

One can also find obscure stuff about the origins of the anti-nuke movement, which actually had its roots in a very wealthy area of Long Island, Lloyd's neck, when LILCO threatened to build a nuclear plant among the estates.

Of course, I didn't know that some of what is in ReCap is actually from other universities.

By my estimate, at least 200 million people have died from air pollution as a result of this attempt to "pull on Superman's cape," by placing industrial infrastructure near rich people. LILCO was very, very, very, very bad at promoting nuclear energy, despite the good intentions of their forward looking engineers. I have a certain sympathy for those guys, Long Island engineers in the 1950's, since they had no way of imagining the power of ignorance and the power of stupidity. It was a time that science was honored.

The power plants on Long Island today burn trash and they burn gas, and as a result, the island is sure to go largely underwater in this century. It nearly did so in Hurricane Sandy.

The Princeton Library is closed now; and for the first time in nearly 20 years, I'm not going there several days a week. It's very, very, very painful. I do have a ton of reading on which I can catch up before the re-opening, should I live long enough to experience it, but my access to the latest and greatest is diminished; not gone, but diminished.

In these times, the triumph of ignorance is palpable.

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