Atomic energy

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Atomic energy or energy of atoms is energy carried by atoms. The term originated in 1903 when Ernest Rutherford began to speak of the possibility of atomic energy.[1] The term was popularized by H. G. Wells in the phrase, "splitting the atom", devised at a time prior to the discovery of the nucleus. Atomic energy may include:

Atomic energy is the source of nuclear power, which uses sustained nuclear fission to generate heat and electricity.


  1. ^ Isaac Asimov, Atom: Journey Across the Sub-Atomic Cosmos, New York:1992 Plume, ISBN 0452268346, Page 125

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