on 28 March 2011
This is a remarkable book. Basic, yet comprehensive. Easy to understand, yet highly technical.
The author has done a grand job bringing a tough topic to a wide audience. A chimpanzee could understand it, yet it deals in some pretty heavy science. It's also fantastically well balanced and carefully presented; if the author has a pro- or anti- bias, it's undetectable. He strives throughout to bring you a balanced, fair picture of nuclear energy, with all the issues carefully lined up for and against. Then it's up to you to decide.
Perhaps most valuable of all, this book will educate you about the REAL ISSUES of nuclear power, and put into perspective all the guff, hype, hysteria and ignorance peddled by ignorant hacks in the media. You'll know, by the end of it, what's really dangerous, and what's not - which questions we SHOULD ask, and which ones are prompted by silly, ignorant hysteria.
In particular, journalists should be required to read this book. Their ignorant, sensationalist reporting bears a huge share of the blame for the suffering of hundreds of thousands of human beings directly affected by nuclear power generation. Note that the WHO's in-depth study of the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident found that the worst health effect of the disaster was psychological - ie human suffering caused not by actual radiation contamination, but by the fear of it. The ignorance of a hysterical media was the cause - and we're seeing it happening again, right now, in Japan.