AUTHORHafemeister, David
TITLEPhysics of Societal Issues: Calculations on National Security, Environment, and Energy
CITYNew York, NY

The author of this book addresses the application of physics to three major concerns of society: national security, the environment, and energy resources. As the title indicates, each chapter contains numerous calculations relating to its topic, which are intended to stimulate critical thinking about the complex issues of science policy. The chapters on national security analyze nuclear weapons, offensive and defensive missile technology, verification and arms control, and nuclear proliferation. The section on the environment contains a chapter on nuclear pollution. The section on energy includes material on the possibility of nuclear fusion but little reference to nuclear fission. The book is designed for senior undergraduates, graduate students, and practicing professionals. Problems and extensive bibliographies accompany each chapter.

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