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on 24 December 2012
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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on 2 April 2014
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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on 29 January 2009
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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on 22 July 2010
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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on 5 December 2007
The book is very simple but it will told you almost everything about the nuclear power.It is easy to read,and it is full-color!
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on 7 July 2012
Ian Hore-Lacy is a world renowned expert on all aspects of nuclear energy, and this book sets the standard as a sophisticated and comprehensive primer on this crucial topic.
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on 8 September 2013
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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on 9 May 2015
Easy to read and helpful exploded diagrams in support
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