Dreams and needs: The application of isotopes to industry in Spain in the 1960s
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ABSTRACT: The efforts to change the bleak image of the atom bomb galvanised the discourse on the peaceful applications of nuclear energy. This contributed to a utopian vision of nuclear energy, especially of the uses of radioactive isotopes in the immediate post-war period. Desire for peace engendered dreams of a better future based on the use of radioactivity. These dreams were first converted into reality using isotopes in medicine. These advances were subsequently applied to industry and agriculture. This article gives an overview of the peaceful applications of isotopes in industry and agriculture in Spain. It describes a period in which the initial dreams, sometimes fantastic and other times down-to-earth, gave rise to the first applications to meet the needs of economic growth in the 1960s.
CitationBarca Salom, Francesc X. Dreams and needs: The application of isotopes to industry in Spain in the 1960s. "Dynamis: acta hispanica ad medicinae scientiarumque historiam illustrandam", Juliol 2009, vol. 29, núm. 1-5, p. 307-336.