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Published: 26 May 2011

160 Pages | c.15 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199584970

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Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

Maxwell Irvine

Very Short Introductions

  • Explores the most challenging question facing the world: how will we meet the global energy demand without destroying the planetary environment?
  • Dispels some of the current myths about nuclear power and gives a balanced account of nuclear safety, cost, and nuclear waste
  • Presents a history of the development of nuclear physics up to the emergence of the nuclear power industry
  • Looks specifically at safety records, including accounts of the Windscale fire, the Three Mile Island incident, and the Chernobyl disaster
  • Considers the potential of nuclear fusion for the future of energy supply
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series