In 1974, around the time the Atomic Energy Commission was disbanded, to be replaced by other bureaucracies, two of its longest standing managers, wrote a quirky summary of their organization. I didn’t find it terribly useful but it has a few pithy lines such as this marvellous one pointing out that corrosion is just a fancy word for rusting:

Believe it or not, we’ve had a lot easier time with the new prob­lems of neutron behavior than with old problems of rust and leaks. One never speaks of rust in nuclear circles; it’s corrosion.


Allardice, Corbin & Trapnell, Edward R. 1974. The Atomic Energy Commission. Praeger, New York, p. 107.