Nuclear Choices: A Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Technology

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MIT Press, 1993 - Political Science - 467 pages
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.
 

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Contents

8
26
When Things Come Apart
39
Effects and Uses of Radiation
66
Energy from the Nucleus
95
Energy and People
121
Reactor Safety
182
What About Nuclear Waste?
213
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229
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312
14
323
Delivering Nuclear Weapons
338
16
357
Defense in the Nuclear
391
17
401
Controlling Nuclear Weapons
420
18
442

Alternatives to Nuclear Fission
243
Nuclear Weapons
272
History and Technology
289
Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear
455
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Richard Wolfson is Professor of Physics at Middlebury College.

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