Project Orion
Daniel Rockmore, William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science

This is the true story of a project undertaken in the late 1950s and early 1960s to develop a spaceship (as opposed to a rocket) for interplanetary travel powered by a few thousand “tiny” hydrogen bombs! By various metrics it was, and remains, a viable kind of technology and idea. The author is the son of the physicist Freeman Dyson, who was one of the principal researchers on the project. The book is full of funny and interesting anecdotes and takes one back to the days when “big science” was about reaching for the stars instead of your phon