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  • Series: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199759464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199759460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have looked for such a book for a long time.
John W. Fuqua
This book answers the most common questions about Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Policy.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in this very important topic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam on April 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this because I am interested in the policy debates around energy production. I'm a policy wonk rather than a scientist, but am interested in understanding the science so that I can make more informed judgments about nuclear energy.

I've been delighted with this book so far. There is enough science here for a science-literate non-scientist to understand what's going on - i.e. how nuclear energy works, what radiation is, what kinds of radiation present what kinds of problems, how different degrees of uranium enrichment are necessary for civilian and military uses, and so on.

The author certainly seems to have a good grasp of the issues, and has the credentials that make you think he ought to. He's also very objective - tells you what's good and not good about nuclear energy vs coal or wind power; whether uranium is in short supply; that nuclear power is very expensive in some ways and relatively cheap in others, etc. So I have confidence that I'm getting balanced information and will therefore be able to come to my own conclusions.

There are places where I'd like more detail, and may seek a follow-up book. However, the trade-off is that this book gives you a good introduction to many facets of nuclear energy, and the author has made it interesting enough that I'm keen to learn more. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
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Excellent book to understand how Nuclear Power Generation fits into the overall scheme of things in Energy Sector. The book explains the history behind the evolution in the industry, the accidents (TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima), the regulation, the economics and the future.

It is a balanced analysis and considers the possibility that someday Renewable Energy (like Wind and Solar) might make Nuclear Power Generation unnecessary.

In my opinion, we will still need Nuclear Power for space exploration and colonies. So continued research is critical. Generation IV Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) might provide that bridge and could become a staple of base load power.

Mr. Charles Ferguson talks about how as we transition from fossil fuels for power generation and transportation, Nuclear Energy might be the bridge that meets our energy needs. I agree.

My take: As computing goes from desk to cloud, power generation might eventually go the other way with distributed augmentation using renewables and baseload using Nuclear Generation IV and later reactors.

PS. It is not a technical book about Nuclear Engineering.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John W. Fuqua on March 13, 2012
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I have looked for such a book for a long time.
The author seems to want to be---and I think is---fair to all sides of the topic not only of nuclear but alternatives. It reminded me of Feynman's comment that each theory should present the good and the bad, not just what you propose.
He points outs the pro/con of each alternative [focus on nuclear though], costs, time frames to build and operate, benefits, causes of disasters and what has been done to prevent more, etc..
Most of the articles I've seen on nuclear technology are either outdated [several years old] or are advocating for one technology. I'm especially interested in the fast neutron pyrometalic technology and this book does deal with it along with other 4th generation technology.
Readers will learn alot where nuclear stands and comparisons with other technology.
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By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2014
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In college doing a composition. I needed research material. This book was very informative and interesting. I am glad I purchased.
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While after reading I'm still confused wether I should support nuclear energy it or not. Well I guess thats in the nature of the topic :) I tend to yes as the alternatives are not yet adequate or way worse with certain severe consequences. It feels a lot less scary when you actually know how it works and where the real issues are.
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This book is an excellent primer on nuclear power. It discusses in an accessible manner the pros and cons of nuclear power generation. If you are looking to go more into the science and technology from a physical perspective this isn't your book as there aren't any equations that can be found in a textbook on this subject. This book is for the generalist who may have questions on this topic.
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By A. Gerads on February 20, 2014
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Used this book for a research project for college, found the information useful when understanding the basics behind the technology, it also addresses peoples main concerns about nuclear energy well.
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This is a perfect book to learn the basics of nuclear power and how it may provide a safe and cheap energy future. But, rigid controls and the publics need for information concerning the real threats and benefits is needed and this book in my opinion provides a balanced viewpoint.
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