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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: 8.2 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What Everyone Needs to Know

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW About This Series

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An incisive approach to a complex and timely issue, laid out in a straight-forward, question-and-answer format.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in this very important topic.
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The author certainly seems to have a good grasp of the issues, and has the credentials that make you think he ought to.
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This book answers the most common questions about Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Policy.
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8 of 8 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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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paul lee on April 16, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon User on August 6, 2014
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I read this book from cover to cover; its an excellent text that is very informative. The Author consistently proves that he has a thorough understanding of the broad subject of nuclear energy; from the science, to the politics, to the future of nuclear energy, and even other "renewable" energy sources that man can, and should, harness and perfect in the future. I even searched online several times to verify that the information the author was explaining were accurate.
Personally, politics bore me so I did skip over a few pages and paragraphs that focused a little too much on politics (I estimate there are ~20 pages discussing nuclear politics). However, the author does emphasized several interesting points regarding the political struggle the nuclear energy industry is facing so you will not be disappointed if you want to learn about that.
After reading this book, not only am I going to save it for future reference, I'm also going to purchase similar books that discuss nuclear energy. You are bound to learn a lot about nuclear energy after reading this book. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silvan on May 9, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Smith on February 15, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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While the general public has a wide range of perceptions about nuclear energy, this book proceeds topic by topic and provides actual answers, based on the author's established expertise as a nuclear engineer.
In this way, it is very good for the college educated reader who is looking more in depth at a film like "Pandora's Promise", or books such as "Plentiful Energy" or Reese Palley's "The Answer." It is much more of a summary than a treatise on sustainable energy security, such as Prof. Jeff Eerkens' book, "The Nuclear Imperative" (2 editions).
My own perspective on this book is that it provides many clear summaries and answers; yet the nuclear energy topic is so technically challenging enough that even its ardent non-profit organization supporters have debates about which type of nuclear energy is ideal for the 2010s and 2020s. A debate continues about Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) vs. Gen. III+ gigawatt level stations, FBRs and ADTRs. Which one is the best? Ferguson says cost is a determining factor.
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