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Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

Maxwell Irvine

26 May 2011

ISBN: 9780199584970

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Nuclear power is a highly topical issue and there is widespread debate concerning future energy budgets and how to replace our dependence on fossil fuels. Here, Maxwell Irvine provides an introduction to the nature of nuclear energy, looking at the risks, the relevance of nuclear power, and the potential of nuclear fusion.

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Nuclear power is a highly topical issue and there is widespread debate concerning future energy budgets and how to replace our dependence on fossil fuels. Here, Maxwell Irvine provides an introduction to the nature of nuclear energy, looking at the risks, the relevance of nuclear power, and the potential of nuclear fusion.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Maxwell Irvine, formerly Honorary Professor of Physics, Manchester University

Table of Contents

    1:A new science is born
    2:A new technology is developed
    3:Thermal nuclear reactors
    4:Nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste management
    5:Nuclear safety
    6:The cost of nuclear power
    7:Nuclear fusion power
    8:The need for nuclear power
    Appendix

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