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Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century: World Nuclear University Press: World Nuclear Association Paperback – 9 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; First Thus edition (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123736226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123736222
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Ian Hore-Lacy guides the reader expertly through the many complexities of nuclear energy. This is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to distinguish fact from myth and to gain understanding in this crucial field.” – Hans Blix, Chancellor, World Nuclear University, and Director General-Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency


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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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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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This book by the World Nuclear University Press is a terrifically well crafted primer on the whole topic of nuclear energy and other nuclear technologies. For someone interested in facts, not ideology, this is a fine piece of literature. I am told that the WNU uses this book as a background text in its annual 6-week summer programme in Oxford which is designed to develop a cadre of responsible future leaders for the global nuclear industry.
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While the information in the book was structured and detailed I found myself asking where the information came from and needed to take certain statements with a 'pinch of salt'! Nice introductory book outlining the positives of nuclear energy but a somewhat biased view of the situation.
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