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Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

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NUCLEAR POWER: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

PAPERBACK by Irvine, Maxwell (formerly Honorary Professor of Physics, Manchester University)

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ISBN
9780199584970
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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 
 
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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
26 MAY 2011

DESCRIPTION

With the World desperate to find energy sources that do not emit carbon gasses, nuclear power is back on the agenda and in the news, following the increasing cost of fossil fuels and concerns about the security of their future supply. However, the term 'nuclear power' causes anxiety in many people and there is confusion concerning the nature and extent of the associated risks. Here, Maxwell Irvine presents a concise introduction to the development of nuclear physics leading up to the emergence of the nuclear power industry. He discusses the nature of nuclear energy and deals with various aspects of public concern, considering the risks of nuclear safety, the cost of its development, and waste disposal. Dispelling some of the widespread confusion about nuclear energy, Irvine considers the relevance of nuclear power, the potential of nuclear fusion, and encourages informed debate about its potential. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

CONTENTS

1. A new science is born ; 2. A new technology is developed ; 3. Thermal nuclear reactors ; 4. Nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste management ; 5. Nuclear safety ; 6. The cost of nuclear power ; 7. Nuclear fusion power ; 8. The need for nuclear power ; Appendix