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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful overview of nuclear energy and nuclear fission main systems and subsystems, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century: World Nuclear University Primer (Paperback)
I needed a quick overview of nuclear fission and selected this primer from a number of options because it was reasonably high-level, it covered nuclear energy in general and the major systems and subsystems of a nuclear fission power plant in particular. It also had a very helpful list of acronyms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The authority, 2 April 2014
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Bjorn T. Madsen "sunbeam60" (Ashby de la Zouch, England) - See all my reviews
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Where other books talk about issues, this book quantifies it with data; tables and graphs on every price detail exactly how much, why and when.

There is little doubt the book is pro-nuclear but, as David MacKay states so beautifully in Sustainable Energy ("Please don’t get me wrong: I’m not trying to be pro-nuclear. I’m just pro-arithmetic.") it's hard to be anything else once you look into the reality of deaths/TWh, CO2/TWh, space required/TWh etc. The sources used, however, are not specifically pro-nuclear, but typically come from UN, World Bank and other highly reputable institutions - brought together, they compellingly describe what nuclear energy allows us to do, what the price would be, and how we would need to manage & regulate the industry to ensure vitality and responsibility.

The book is rather slim, which will surprise you, but it's because it sticks to the issues - if you want to gain a layman's understanding of the industry, in a practical sense of how reactor types differ, what uranium the burn, how "spent" fuel is transitioned through the storage chain etc. this really is the best place to go. It's hard to find, but it's the right book to read if you need to discuss nuclear energy with others and don't have 5 years to spend in university.
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5.0 out of 5 stars energy discussions, 8 Sep 2013
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very well written and full of definitive balanced information on the subject. covers the entire energy situation at this crucial time for uk and the world
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