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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 22 February 2015
Everyone who spouts opinion in the pub, workplace or worst of all in the media about nuclear matters, Chernobyl, Fukushima and so on should read this book and educate themselves on such an emotive subject. You don't need to be a scientist to read and understand this book and be prepared, it will change (unless you're completely close-minded) the way you think about radioactivity. Wade Allison is in his own informative way (as does the documentary "Pandora's Promise") challenging the prevailing and incorrect scaremongering cliches that surround radiation. Three eyed fish? Glowing green rods? Mass cancers? Duck and cover? Mushroom clouds above power stations? No. Read this and think again. If only our leaders who grew up in the Cold War and cut their political teeth in the CND era rad this book, there might be more reasoned debate about energy matters, public safety and climate change going on.
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on 23 March 2014
Wade Allison may well be a high flying academic but "Radiation and Reason" is far from being a dry academic tome. It deliberately sets out to challenge your preconceptions about radiation and nuclear power. Particularly it challenges the many bizarre old wives tales that surround nuclear radiation.

I suspect the people who are in most need of enlightenment from this book are so locked in their medieval dogma they would regard it as a heresy. Consequently they are not likely to read it. Which is a shame.

Even so, for the rest of us, it is a worthwhile and rational exploration of the issues surrounding nuclear radiation.
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on 30 November 2016
This is a truly eye-opening book that successfully challenges the lies and deceit surrounding radiation and nuclear power. Wade Allison builds a convincing case, aptly using historical examples to highlight the disconnect between perceptions and reality. It is refreshing to see that someone decides to challenge a status quo that has been taken for granted for too long, as it has done so much damage to the nuclear cause. Until we change the way we talk and teach about radiation, everyone should read this book!
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on 23 August 2014
This book helped me to lose the irrational fear of radiation which is common in the public. But to help others the book also explains in understandable scientific terms what the facts backed by credible references, experiences and studies are.
Important reading for those with radiophobia or in general still shuddering when the word nuclear radiation is mentioned. It will certainly help you to rethink your opinion.
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on 1 March 2016
We all should read this. Some sense at last.
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on 19 July 2016
I thought it was very well written, accessible and tried to give an unbiased opinion on the subject.
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on 10 October 2015
The importance of the message in this book is such that it should be compulsory reading for all decision makers in governments globally.
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on 23 April 2014
This is one of the best books on the subject I've read. Highly recommended. It would be great if he now wrote a book on the Nuclear Power industry.
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on 5 December 2012
Everyone should read this book and realise how we have been conned by the anti-nuclear brigade. The world needs nuclear energy to survive the future. Wade Allison writes a convincing story which explains why those of us of a certain age needed to be scared by governments of "the bomb" during the cold war and how the medical profession who use radiation for cancer treatment use completely different risk calculations, which could make nuclear energy much cheaper.
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on 23 November 2010
As a technologist I have always intuitively believed that nuclear energy was the only sensible option as the base source of electricity for a fossil free society (mainly because I couldn't see how renewables would work, but also because I couldn't identify with the opponents of peaceful nuclear energy). Wade Allison's book provides the analysis to support my intuitive leaps: I bless him.

His argument develops from facts about human and animal exposure to radiation, and leads to the inevitable conclusion that low levels of radiation pose little threat. His analysis of the effects of radiation on populations known to have been exposed is revelatory

Most important, he exposes how false reproting and false analysis have misdirected policy over the safety of nuclear energy, and have (in the UK, at least) grossly exaggerated the difficulties and costs. "Facts all come with apoint of view."

Of course there are weaknesses. It would have been nice to have more about the effects of radiation on the servicemen who were exposed during H-bomb tests in teh '50s. But this is a minor criticism.

The main problem is how to get people to read the book - my local library refused to purchase it.
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