This morning, instead of getting your daily atomic fix from here, please go to the ANS Nuclear Cafe to read a post titled Nuclear energy is a disruptively cheap and simple way to boil water. I wrote post that while musing on the important role that steam has had in enabling modern societies where machines do most of the hard work.
Part of the inspiration for that musing was my recent completion of a terrific book by Ken Follett titled Pillars of the Earth which is set in 12th century England. The other part was my recent immersion into the history of The Babcock & Wilcox Company, my new employer. Steam is so important to B&W that the company has published about 42 editions of a thick manual titled Steam.
For an old steam plant engineer, luckily landing a job with a company that has been recognized as one of the world’s greatest steam experts for more than 120 years is like a dream come true. If producing some of the world’s most elegant ways to boil water is an intriguing prospect for you, I recommend visiting the Careers page for B&W. I heard a rumor the other day that there are some excellent jobs available in a rather beautiful place to live.