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Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth: Study leader 2007- SCORE Counselor 2000- Boston Scientific Corporation: Chief Information Officer 1994-2000 Arthur D. Little: Senior Consultant 1982-1994 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company: Vice President 1980-1982 DTSS Incorporated: President 1972-1980 Dartmouth College: Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Associate Director of Kiewit Computation Center 1967-78 Brown University: PhD Physics 1967 Dartmouth College: AB Mathematics 1961
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439225389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439225387
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author discusses important and interesting ideas, and expresses them clearly. But the book is little more than a long pamphlet containing a PowerPoint presentation. When I ordered, I hadn't noticed that the description said it was only 40 pages. Most of the information is available on the author's website.
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Excellent idea and good job presenting it. The world leaders need to know more about the options to creating clean abundant power and help to clean up the old uranium mess at the same time. The book is a combination of different specialist power point presentations and needs to have a cohesive art director to clear up the distration and present a more consistant message. The book does fail to present a solution to the underlying reason why Uranium is prefered by political/military powers over thorium, which is that Uranium's by product is Plutonium, which is needed for smaller nukes, MIRV capability and triggering Hbombs, etc. You cant get them to switch over (which ould take only a few years) without showing them how they can still make all the plutonium they want.
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In my haste to learn more about Thorium electrical generation, I ordered this book thinking it would be a real book, relating some of the history, principle players, etc... Especially details on the resistance to Thorium by the nuclear power industry itself and the defense department because Thorium would do away with the need to enrich Uranium for weapons. Instead this is a power point presentation computer print out in a thin magazine format, not warranting the price tag. Fair price should be half that much.
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I think this is a great introduction about nuclear energy for the general public. The book is concise and makes a clear case for advanced and safer nuclear energy. Dr. Hargraves' focus is on the less-prominent element called thorium. This would be used as a source element, or fertile element, to generate the fissile element U-233. The fissile element in turn burns or fissions, producing heat, steam, and finally electricity.
Some critics say the book is too short; however, they overlook that the general cannot usually have the time, resources, or education to sample technical books by the IAEA (many are already available and have been for decades).
My own additional comment is that this book's brief mention of the German Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) type design (built as the THTR-300) is probably more immediately available than the LFTR. In fact, the DOE is working PBMR prototypes, which have flexible fuel cycles that use only uranium or uranium-thorium mixtures. Finally, the book has the goal of creating a globally abundant source of clean and reliable energy. This concept is also major topic in the YouTube video presentation, "Our Energy Challenge" by Nobel Laureate Prof. Richard Smalley. An excerpt from "Our Energy Challenge" and an interview with Prof. Smalley is also on the documentary film "Nobelity."
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Want to know about atomic energy- this is the place to find it (thorium). Save energy with no potential for the bomb.
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