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Nuclear Accidents and Disasters (Nuclear Power) Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-This informative series explores the history, science, and technology of nuclear power. Mahaffey also addresses public concerns about radiation and nuclear safety. The coverage is in-depth, detailed, and meticulously researched. These volumes make nuclear technology understandable by explaining how scientists discovered radiation and giving readers a tour of a typical nuclear reactor plant. Accessible and interesting. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The Nuclear Power set is written for those who are facing a growing world population with fewer resources and an increasingly fragile environment. A deep understanding of physics, mathematics, or the specialized vocabulary of nuclear technology is not necessary to read the books in this series and grasp what is going on in this important corner of science. Understand the problems, meet the challenges, and be ready for the future with the information in these books.
This set is ideal for students and researchers interested in nuclear power.
· Each volume in the set includes an index, a chronology of important events, and a glossary of scientific terms.
· A list of books and Internet resources for further information provides the young reader with an extended depth for every topic, as the study of nuclear technology expands to touch every aspect of the technical world.
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After discussing the development of a nuclear industry and early 'problems' with industrial use of radium, Mahaffey provides a chronological accounting of disasters or near-disasters including accidents, meltdowns and/or explosions at Canada's Chalk River labratory in 1952, the Naval Proving Ground in 1961, the Windscale (U.K.) Facility in 1957, the Mayak (USSR) Fuel Processing Plant in 1957, the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in 1978, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, etc.
Sometimes human error caused the accidents or faulty procedures or faulty equipment. Whatever the reason, the results were the same: lives lost, lives ruined and parts of surrounding countryside irradiated with some areas becoming uninhabitable. Mahaffey uses a fair amount of techno-babble in telling the tale yet his account of the various incidents nevertheless makes for compelling - and often frightening - reading.
Each chapter is illustrated with b&w and color photographs and diagrams that help the reader understand the issues and procedures involved.
Though NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS AND DISASTERS will be of greatest value to students writing reports, the drama inherent in those incidents and their impact should make Mahaffey's book of interest to the general reader. Recommended.
This book on the Nuclear Accidents and Disasters is also Simplistic and for the non-scientist/engineer...
For more serious readers we want to recomment a book like the " Reactor Accidents: Nuclear Safety and the Role of Institutional Failure " by
David Mosey , which also discuss the main cause in almost all nuclear accident the "HUMAN FACTOR"(anyone directlty or/and indirecly related to nuclear system(s)) and the David Mosey book
is from the few books that introduces in the Theme of THE ULTRA CRITICAL ROLE OF HUMAN MANAGEMENT IN NUCLEAR SYSTEMS & ORGANIZATIONS as it VITALY! concerns the INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR SAFETY and NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS!...
The LACK in the HUMAN MANAGEMENT of specialization of Nuclear Physics/Engineering , particularly specialized in Nuclear Fission, in the Nuclear Fission Installations and Organizations,Worldwide, is a HUGE! problem of the International Nuclear Safety!!!, including the International "Atomic"(Nuclear) Energy Agency (I."A".E.A.) , where the Presidents of its Board of Governors and its General Directors are from...Lawyers! to Master of Art graduate!(Painter?) WITH TOP DECISION POWER IN NUCLEAR SCIENCE/ENGINEERING & INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR SAFETY!!!SOS,SOS,SOS,...
From : Joseph-Christos Kondylakis , 17-August-2013,
Author of the relevant scientific articles:
1) "Theoretically and in Applied very special conditions a Nuclear Fission Reactor may explode as Nuclear Bomb",2010, available also from the Internet site:
2) "Human Management in Nuclear Systems",2001,2011