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by Charles D. Ferguson

Originally perceived as a cheap and plentiful source of power, the commercial use of nuclear energy has been controversial for decades. Worries about the dangers that nuclear plants and their radioactive waste posed to nearby communities grew over time, and plant construction in the United States virtually died after the early 1980s. The 1986 disaster at Chernobyl only reinforced nuclear power's negative image. Yet in the decade prior to the Japanese nuclear crisis of 2011, sentiment about nuclear power underwent a marked change. The alarming acceleration of global warming due to the burning of fossil fuels and concern about dependence on foreign fuel has led policymakers, climate scientists, and energy experts to look once again at nuclear power as a source of energy. In this accessible overview, Charles D. Ferguson provides an authoritative account of the key facts about nuclear energy. What is the origin of nuclear energy? What countries use commercial nuclear power, and how much electricity do they obtain from it? How can future nuclear power plants be made safer? What can countries do to protect their nuclear facilities from military attacks? How hazardous is radioactive waste? Is nuclear energy a renewable energy source? Featuring a discussion of the recent nuclear crisis in Japan and its ramifications, Ferguson addresses these questions and more in Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, a book that is essential for anyone looking to learn more about this important issue.What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
Download Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know® epub
ISBN: 0199759456
ISBN13: 978-0199759453
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Charles D. Ferguson
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 17, 2011)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1481 kb
FB2 size: 1529 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 136
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Knights from Bernin
I was privileged to be an engineer in the Nuclear Energy field for over 50 years. Perhaps some who have made up their mind that nuclear energy is the devil's tool will not be swayed but, in my opinion, his book is an unbiased discussion that presents both sides of the issues. Maybe my bias is hard to set aside (I personally and professionally feel that Nuclear Energy is the promise of the future - beats the Hell out of using fissionable material for destructive weapons) but anyone who professes to have an open mind should read this.
The author provides a thorough overview of the nuclear power industry, the science behind it, possibility for society, as well as criticism, threats, and political debates around it.

Set forth in a matter-of-fact written text, by answering questions on the topic. A bit dry and encyclopedia-like at times. Recommended for those interested in the topic.
Interesting book in the shape of a FAQ on nuclear energy. Not really intended for someone in nuclear engineering, but very enlightening for the every one who wants to form an educated opinion on nuclear energy. May of the myths and lies about nuclear energy are explained and debunked in this book.
This book is very detailed in the describing the basics of nuclear energy, different methods used to create nuclear reactions, the various types of reactors used in nuclear power plants, their construction, safety considerations and the economics of nuclear power compared to alternative means for generating electricity. If you are looking for a layman's overview of nuclear power this is a good place to start.
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.
A good description of nuclear energy that blows away some of the myths!
Very nice and fast.
In college doing a composition. I needed research material. This book was very informative and interesting. I am glad I purchased.