AUTHORFerguson, Charles D.
TITLENuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book presents an authoritative examination of the current (2011) benefits and risks of nuclear in a concise, readable framework. Each of the eight chapters is structured as a series of practical questions with answers by the author, a nuclear physicist and policy expert. An introductory chapter on the basics of nuclear science and technology is followed by chapters on improving nuclear security and safety, financing nuclear plants, managing spent fuel, controlling proliferation of nuclear weapons, and creating a sustainable energy system to minimize climate change. The book is especially strong on proliferation as it relates to nuclear power, since that is the author's particular field of expertise. Condensed yet comprehensive, the book should be useful to educators and students as well as the general public.

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