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Nuclear choices : a citizen's guide to nuclear technology / Richard Wolfson.

Rev. ed.. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1993] .
ISBN 0262731088, 0262231581, 9780262731089

Location Call Number Status Consortium Loan
George Washington
Gelman stacks
TK9145 .W59 1993 Available Request
LIB stacks
TK9145 .W59 1993 Available Request
UNIV General stacks
333.7924 W64n 1993 Available Request
Other Title Citizen's guide to nuclear technology
Subjects Nuclear energy -- Popular works.
Nuclear energy.
Nuclear engineering.
Series New liberal arts series.
Description xv, 467 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Copyright Date [1993]
copyright 1993
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The benefits of nuclear technology are real. So are the dangers. In Nuclear Choices, physicist Richard Wolfson provides citizens with the background they need to make informed choices about the nuclear technologies that provide a substantial portion of our electrical energy, help airlines detect terrorists' bombs, and enhance the diagnosis and treatment of disease, but that have also produced the devastation of Hiroshima and the accidents at Three-Mile Island and Chernobyl. Wolfson introduces the concepts needed to evaluate the claims of proponents and opponents of the various nuclear technologies. He clearly and concisely explains the basics of nuclear energy and radiation, nuclear power (electricity, reactors, nuclear waste, and alternatives to nuclear fission), and nuclear weapons (their history, technology, effects, delivery systems, strategy, and control), and he invites readers to make their own judgments on controversial nuclear issues. -- Back cover.
Contents 1. Nuclear News, Nuclear Choices ---- I. The Nuclear Difference. 2. Atoms and Nuclei --- 3. Radioactivity: When Things Come Apart --- 4. Effects and Uses of Radiation --- 5. Energy from the Nucleus ---- II. Nuclear Power. 6. Energy and People --- 7. Making Electricity --- 8. Nuclear Reactors --- 9. Reactor Safety --- 10. What About Nuclear Waste? --- 11. Alternatives to Nuclear Fission ---- III. Nuclear Weapons. 12. History and Technology --- 13. The Effects of Nuclear Weapons --- 14. Delivering Nuclear Weapons --- 15. Nuclear Strategy --- 16. Defense in the Nuclear Age --- 17. Controlling Nuclear Weapons --- 18. Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons, and Nuclear Futures.
Genre Popular works.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)28183764
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Wolfson, Richard.
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