AUTHORJorgensen, Timothy J.
TITLEStrange Glow: The Story of Radiation
PUBLISHERPrinceton University Press
CITYPrinceton, NJ

This book sets out to provide useful information on nuclear radiation for a general audience, integrating the scientific and technological features of radiation with human experiences in order to remove some of the mystery surrounding it. The author, a radiation biologist, dispels the notion that the subject of radiation is too complicated for the average reader to comprehend. The historical narrative provides an accessible approach to explaining radiation risks based on health effects for persons exposed to a broad range of dose levels. Part one focuses on the discovery of radiation and how it was put to practical use. Part two concentrates on the effects of radiation on human health. The chapters in the final section explore the role of risk/benefit analysis in decisions involving the use of radiation in common applications such as radon in homes, diagnostic radiography, cell phones, radioactivity in food, and nuclear power plant accidents.

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