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on 18 August 2017
A must if you want to explore Nuclear Power etc. Easy to understand written without to much maths. Good value as all the other brief introduction by OUP. A good read!!
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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).
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on 22 March 2013
This explains the theory behind fusion power. It would be helped by a discussion of the political difficulties. Why did iyt take only 8 years to build the first fission reactor but another 68 to get where we are with fusion power.
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on 18 June 2013
Brilliant short readable introduction to nuclear power. Very helpful in doing the OU course on Nuclear Power. Heartily recommended. Cheers.
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on 26 March 2016
arrived on time and helps me prepare for my exam :)
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on 13 April 2015
I found it heavy going but well researched.
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on 12 September 2011
This little book contains a wealth of knowledge; essential reading for everyone who wants to understand the often maligned Nuclear Power option. We heartily recommend it.
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on 13 December 2014
Very useful introduction
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