Physics of Societal Issues

Calculations on National Security, Environment, and Energy

Authors: Hafemeister, David

  • Provides the reader with essential tools needed to analyze complex societal issues using insights gained from informed estimates and calculations 
  • Demonstrates the transition from physics to laws and treaties focusing on timely issues that include national security, environment, and energy
  • Includes numerous problems to challenge readers and extend discussion
  • Contains new material, updated information, and advanced data sets from recent Conference Proceedings
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About this Textbook

This book provides the reader with essential tools needed to analyze complex societal issues and demonstrates the transition from physics to modern-day laws and treaties. This second edition features new equation-oriented material and extensive data sets drawing upon current information from experts in their fields. Problems to challenge the reader and extend discussion are presented on three timely issues:

 

•        National Security: Weapons, Offense, Defense, Verification, Nuclear Proliferation, Terrorism

•        Environment: Air/Water, Nuclear, Climate Change, EM Fields/Epidemiology

•        Energy: Current Energy Situation, Buildings, Solar Buildings, Renewable  Energy, Enhanced End-Use Efficiency, Transportation, Economics

 

Praise for the first edition:

"This insight is needed in Congress and the Executive Branch. Hafemeister, a former Congressional fellow with wide Washington experience, has written a book for physicists, chemists and engineers who want to learn science and policy on weapons, energy, and the environment. Scientists who want to make a difference will want this book."

Richard Scribner, first Director, Congressional Science and

Engineering Fellow Program, AAAS

 

"Hafemeister shows how much one can understand about nuclear weapons and missile issues through simple back-of-the-envelope calculations. He also provides compact explanations of the partially successful attempts that have been made over the past 60 years to control these weapons of mass destruction. Hopefully, Physics of Societal Issues will help interest a new generation of physicists in continuing this work."

Frank von Hippel, Professor, Princeton, former Assistant Director,

National Security, White House, OSTP

 

"Energy policy must be quantitative. People who don't calculate economic tradeoffs often champion simplistic hardware. ‘The solution is more... nuclear power, or electric cars, or photovoltaics, etc.’ Some simple physics will show that the true solution matches supply and demand as an ‘integrated resource plan.’ Physics of Societal Issues is a good place to begin this journey."

Arthur Rosenfeld, former California Energy Commissioner,

Professor-emeritus, U. of California-Berkeley

About the authors

David Hafemeister is Professor Emeritus of Physics at California Polytechnic State University, and Science Affiliate at the Center For International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. He has also had an impressive career in Washington, D.C., as a Professional Staff Member:

Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Governmental Affairs (1990-93 on arms control treaties at the end of the Cold War)

Science Advisor to Senator John Glenn (19775-77)

Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State Benson and Deputy Under-Secretary Nye (1977-78)

Visiting Scientist in the State Department’s Office of Nuclear Proliferation Policy (1979)

Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy (1987)

Study Director at the National Academy of Sciences (2000-02)

He has edited nine books, published more than 140 articles, and was awarded the APS Szilard award in 1996.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Nuclear Weapons

    Hafemeister, David

    Pages 1-41

  • The Offense: Missiles and War Games

    Hafemeister, David

    Pages 43-76

  • The Defense: ABM/SDI/BMD/NMD

    Hafemeister, David

    Pages 77-105

  • Verification and Arms Control Treaties

    Hafemeister, David

    Pages 107-148

  • Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism

    Hafemeister, David

    Pages 149-200

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eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $59.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-9271-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-5028-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physics of Societal Issues
Book Subtitle
Calculations on National Security, Environment, and Energy
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-9272-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-9272-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9271-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5028-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XX, 668
Number of Illustrations and Tables
71 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
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