AUTHORCohn, Steven Mark
TITLEToo Cheap to Meter: An Economic and Philosophical Analysis of the Nuclear Dream
PUBLISHERState University of New York Press
CITYAlbany, NY

This well-researched book explores the history and future of nuclear power with the view that social as well as technical factors are important influences on technological change. The first of four parts presents the history of nuclear power from 1950 to 1997, showing its rapid expansion and later collapse. The second part deals with current issues, such as costs, subsidies, government research and development efforts, and reactor designs. The third part describes the influence of external factors: future energy demand, the economics of alternative power sources, and the role of greenhouse hazards. The important ideas of the book are summarized in the final part. The book contains extensive notes and a bibliography.

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