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Talks & lectures Event

Fri, 27th May 15:00 - 16:00

Serhii Plokhy on ‘Atoms and Ashes’

St Andrews


St Andrews Episcopal Church Hall
Queens Terrace
St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9QF



We are honoured that Serhii can join us in St Andrews for this afternoon event. In Atoms and Ashes, acclaimed historian Serhii Plokhy tells the tale of the six nuclear disasters that shook the world: Bikini Atoll, Kyshtym, Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Based on wide-ranging research and witness testimony, Plokhy traces the arc of each crisis, exploring in depth the confused decision-making on the ground and the panicked responses of governments to contain the crises and often cover up the scale of the catastrophe. As the world increasingly looks to renewable and alternative sources of energy, Plokhy lucidly argues that the atomic risk must be understood in explicit terms, but also that these calamities reveal a fundamental truth about our relationship with nuclear technology: that the thirst for power and energy has always trumped safety and the cost for future generations.

St Andrews Episcopal Church Hall
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