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on 4 July 2011
The author is* a distinguished man - retired Vice-Chancellor of not one but two good universities, eminent nuclear physicist - but it is not clear what remit he has been given. For about half the book it would help, I am sure, to have a solid grounding in physical science; the other half is solid stuff but no more challenging than you would find in a reputable weekly magazine. Even there, though, physics occasionally turns up - for example on page 76 where after a mostly comprehensible section on nuclear safety there is a paragraph on 'safe' levels of radioactivity which I found utterly mysterious.
The author concludes that we need nuclear power, and is reassuring on safety and waste disposal. Whether he would reassure someone who did not want to be reassured I cannot say.
Sadly there are problems to point out with another VSI. There is a schoolboy howler on page 25 (the United States had certainly not been drawn into the War in September 1941) and elsewhere some rigorous editing would have averted a number of inelegancies.
*he died recently (spring 2012).